There was a time I identified with, and held the worried feelings of, those who oppose the proposed mental health facility in Templeton.
That was before serious mental illness hit my family — seemingly overnight and without warning. Luckily, confined treatment was available locally, as travel of any long distance was impractical, given the nature of the illness.
I realize now that my original feelings about mental illness were unwarranted, fueled by stigma.
Our collective worry should not be that a facility will bring the mentally ill into our communities — they are already here — but that our loved ones so afflicted will not receive timely and effectual treatment that stabilizes their condition and places them on the path to recovery.
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Wherever we may live on our beloved Central Coast, we all desire the goal of a safe and amicable local community. This facility is a necessary and positive step toward that goal.