For the opposition, would you fear having Carrie Fisher, Brooke Shields, Mike Wallace or Buzz Aldrin in your neighborhood? Would you fear the likes of Beethoven, Van Gogh and Emily Dickinson near your local schools and stores? Will you continue the stigma of this chemical imbalance of the brain in 2015 by not supporting a treatment center in a medical area for thousands in our community?
No one else has considered doing this anywhere in the county. Now is the time! Statistics show that 1 in 4 people, including possibly your relative or neighbor, are affected sometime in their life. Our very bright son suffered from 27 bipolar episodes over 23 years. We visited him daily over 200 times in mental institutions next to hospitals in very upscale neighborhoods in the Pasadena area, fortunately, within a 20-minute drive.
Mental illnesses occur at similar rates in every culture in all socio-economic groups. Early identification and effective intervention is the key to successfully treating the disorder and preventing future disability.
Famous people and others do recover with medication and therapy. Also, family support is very important. Please read Tonya Strickland’s (bouquets!) four objective articles online or in The Tribune. Let facts, not fear, determine the future of our county.
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Diane O’Neil, Atascadero