Reader's View: We are failing those with mental illness
We decided long before my birth (I am 85) to treat the illnesses we know as physical with far greater interest and care than the illnesses we know as mental.
This is in response to the Sept. 17 story, “ A mental health overhaul is in the works in rural Minnesota .” Our attitudes toward health care have been bifurcated for so long, we have accustomed ourselves to it.
We decided long before my birth (I am 85) to treat the illnesses we know as physical with far greater interest and care than the illnesses we know as mental. The consequences have been twofold: One, we fail to provide for or meet the needs of people with one of the “unattractive” illnesses. And two, we support a society that fails in both its own moral obligations and the care of those in direct need.
Harold A. Maio
Fort Myers, Florida
The writer is a retired mental health editor.
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