There is still a stigma about admitting you are mentally ill.
I imagine that will change when we have tens of thousands of Iraq veterans who desperately need mental health services.
It is a horrible reason, but the very faint silver lining is that maybe for the rest of us, it will be more acceptable to say we are mentally ill.
My daughter worked on the [anti] Stigma campaign in Massachusetts. I am optimistic that for her generation there will be greater acceptance of people who are in need of help.
With reduced government funding for returning Iraq veterans, there will be thousands of hurting people who will be abandoned and alone. I hope they have families, ministers and priests, and communities that take pity on them, for the government that sent them to war surely does not.
Already there are stories about returning vets who have been refused evaulations or services even though they are very sick. Worse, some people who are severely ill are being sent BACK to Iraq in spite of their desperate circumstances.
What kind of country is this?