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Cheers for mental health articles

Aug. 30, 2016 Updated Tue., Aug. 30, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

Three cheers for Rachel Alexander and the people she has been writing about. Her recent articles (“Schizophrenia, a widely known but poorly understood mental illness,” July 24) and (“Hospital settlement allows patients to leave grounds,” Aug. 18) told of some real success stories.

Living with a serious mental illness is often misunderstood and the consequences can be very unjust. The people who shared their stories were the true faces of people who live well and contribute in positive ways to our community. The persistence of the Disability Rights Washington Project to change an unfair and unnecessary law is commendable and demonstrates that truth and justice can prevail.

Thanks to the people who shared their stories and to the Sanka Party. (You can learn more about the Sanka Party by viewing the “Megaphone Effect” on YouTube). Their efforts and Alexander’s writing help us to learn the facts, change our perceptions and advocate for positive changes that support recovery.

Randi O’Brien, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


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