John Peschong claims that “Templeton has spoken,” concerning the proposed mental health facility, are simply not true (Viewpoint, June 28).
The Templeton Advisory Action Group’s sevenmember board’s decision to vote against the building of a needed mental health facility isn’t the will of Templeton.
The elected board members received 59 votes from the 5,336 eligible Templeton voters. This extremely small minority board doesn’t represent the city of Templeton.
They are simply a group of narrow-minded individuals that perpetuate stereotypes concerning those with mental health issues. We are warned that outside interests want to build a facility in Templeton. Twin Cities Hospital is owned by Tenet Health whose headquarters are in Dallas, Texas.
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Peschong also warns us that patients can leave the facility on their own volition and may interact with teenagers that congregate at the local store.
Seriously? Let’s start treating those with mental health issues as persons, not perpetuating harmful stereotypes.
Can we please stop stigmatizing those with mental illness? Every year, 26 percent of the population will experience a mental health concern.
We are already walking amongst you Peschong, we are your relatives and neighbors. Shouldn’t everyone be treated with compassion and help?