Suicide is an important issue |

Suicide is an important issue

Bonnie Norling, Silverthorne

Thank you Kimberly Nicoletti, for your informative and sensitive article about mental illness and suicide.Thank you for bringing it forward even though denial is much more comfortable. After the personal experience of my Schizophrenic brother killing himself 4 years ago, I am painfully aware of the ramifications of these issues. I listened for years as the “mental health” workers told us their hands were tied, because of current laws, to give him the help he really needed. He was an “adult” and had choices. The mentally ill are victims of their illness. My brother was unable to make a healthy choice regarding the ramifications of not being on helpful drug therapy or his future well being. The tormenting voices and despair plagued him until he made his final “choice.” President Reagan’s shooting, Willie Morrison’s murder in Alma, and many suicides that we’ve experienced here in Summit County are results of mental illness. The tragedies will continue if we aren’t willing to recognize and talk about the need at a personal and community level. With fearless attention and compassion, I believe there are solutions. So thank you Kim for bringing, once again, an important issue forward for discussion and hopefully thoughtful action.

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