Help at hand with mental health
This is Mental Illness Awareness Week. It is an opportunity to learn more about serious mental illnesses and the help that is available.
Mental illnesses are medical illnesses. One in four adults experiences a mental health problem in any given year. One in 17 lives with serious, chronic mental illness.
As one of several advanced practice psychiatric nurses in Fort Wayne, I am a mental health care professional licensed to practice as a specialist in mental health nursingThrough my work, I see the importance of awareness about mental illness and education with access to care and treatment options.
On average, people living with serious mental illness live 25 years fewer than the general population. Fewer than a third of adults and fewer than half of children with a diagnosed illness receive treatment. Stigma is a major barrier to people getting help when needed.
NAMI (the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) is the nations largest nonprofit, grass-roots advocacy and support coalition for the mentally ill. Matters of the Mind with Dr. Jay Fawver is an educational call-in program aired on WFWA-TV PBS Channel 39 at 7:30 p.m. Mondays. Parkview Behavioral Health provides in-patient and outpatient treatment for those with mental illness and substance misuse issues. The contact number is 373-7500. To find Parkview Behavioral Health on the Web: www.parkview.com.
The good news is that treatment does work and recovery is possible.
ALICIA ELLIOTT Fort Wayne
Obama’s unintended irony
In your Oct. 4 front-page article after the first presidential debate, you quote President Obama as saying, At some point the American people have to ask themselves: Is the reason Gov. Romney is keeping all these plans secret, is it because theyre going to be too good? Because middle class families benefit too much? No.
With all due respect to Mr. transparent President, hes a fine one to be complaining about anyone keeping secrets.
BILL ZABEL Fort Wayne
Base your decision on facts
On Sept. 26 a letter exhorted us to vote according to Gods instructions.
The writer went on to quote some figures regarding the Department of Defense budget and the Affordable Care Act. The military budget was depicted as being somewhere around $646 billion. In fact, the military budget for 2011 was more than $832 billion, which did not include funding for Iraq or Afghanistan. Nor did the writers figures include homeland security, FBI activities regarding the war on terror, or many other defense-related line items.
Then the writer went on to point out that health care costs are inflated by $750 billion in unneeded services. Of course, this is exactly the same $750 billion that President Obama wants to trim from the Medicare budget amid howls and jeers of the Republican Party, while the Republican candidate for vice president recommended the same cuts in his budget as a member of the House.
The writer mistakenly asserts that the insurance industry was in favor of the Affordable Care Act, when in fact they opposed it because of certain provisions removing their ability to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions and chronic illness.
The coming election is important to all of us. We need to make sure we are not choosing a candidate based on half-truths and outright misinformation such as is found in this letter.
EDWARD J. FRANK Fort Wayne
The case for tolerance
When a small group (mostly Saudi Arabians) attacked us on Sept. 11, 2001, we held the country that hosted them responsible and attacked Afghanistan. When a small group of Americans made an offensive film attacking Mohammad (the prophet of more than 1.3 billion Muslims) we are amazed that they held our entire country responsible.
Americans dont seem to understand that our standards of free speech and governance end at our borders. If we want peace in this world, we must respect other cultures and religions.
TIM TIERNON Fort Wayne for Peace