May 7, 2007
Monday Letters to the Press
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 05/7/07
Confront stigma of mental health
Shocked and saddened by the shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma offers its deepest condolences to the families of the innocent victims. An event so unspeakable affects us individually and as a nation.
As we try to understand the details surrounding the shootings at Virginia Tech, let us educate ourselves and our communities about this public health issue. The time has come for us to recognize that just like any other illness, mental illness is treatable and recovery is possible.
Mental health stigma is the primary barrier that prevents people from seeking and continuing treatment. By eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness, we can create an environment that supports those in need of treatment. By embracing mental health, each of us has the power to raise the bar on quality of life by creating healthier communities.
Individuals living with mental illness are our mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, students and teachers, neighbors and friends. Let us open the door to the future of mental health. Please join the governor's council as we combat mental health stigma through respect, understanding and change.
NJ GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL
ON MENTAL HEALTH STIGMA