The Blade’s series “A matter of care: Mental health treatment in Ohio” (Dec. 8-9) helped to educate the public about mental health disorders.
Education is paramount in helping to reduce the stigma of mental illness. It allows us to gain a better understanding of its causes and treatments available to those who suffer daily.
I am a registered nurse and a member of the board of directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Toledo. We offer free programs not only to those who have a mental health diagnosis, but also to family members who are affected. Support groups, art classes, and family-to-family classes offer wonderful opportunities for healing and education.
Mental illness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Its victims cannot help that they have the condition, any more than a diabetic can help it that his or her pancreas doesn’t produce insulin.
Individuals who suffer from mental illness deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, like all of us.