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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM

People with mental illness need to tell their stories

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

I was always so worried about letting my supervisors know that I have a mental illness [“Mental illness does not mean your life is over,” Opinion, Aug. 25]. I take medication and was worried about being judged. But now I realize that I didn’t have to be so self conscious. I am proud that I have received the help and medication needed to improve my daily life.

It is okay to tell people your story. I have depression associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. I have struggled for years. Now that I know how to take care of myself, I try to help others. I tell people that it is okay to reach out. If you don’t reach out, it will build inside you. It will become a rancid tumor infecting your whole body.

Connie Lee Stalcup, White Swan

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