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The shame of mental illness – healed

Evonne Agnello lived through the loss of her dad and brother. Both men took their own lives. She wondered if she would fall to the disease, too.

Then, she started to write.

Writing offered a path to understanding herself and healing her pain. She shares her story in her recent book “Shaking Shame from Mental Illness.”

“I think I wrote to preserve my sanity,” Agnello said. “Writing helps you think. Everyone should write.”

Perhaps everyone should write, maybe not. However, everyone should learn more about mental health. People who do suffer with mental illness are often misunderstood and forced to live on the edges of life without healthcare or compassion. Agnello’s book could be the perfect beginning to greater knowledge and empathy our society desperately needs.

(S-R archive photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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