Traverse City Record-Eagle

Your Views

April 15, 2014

Letters to the Editor: 04/15/2014

More voices needed

The short-sighted and limited funding of Community Mental Health services, recently announced, leads to an unassailable conclusion: budgeters who propose such an unconscionable attack on people who struggle with disabling mental health issues have again been stigmatized as unworthy of support.

Those community mental health services funds would address emerging needs of people who show early signs of mental distress. They would profit from early intervention in the community. Adequate funding support would help prevent serious deterioration in a person’s ability to deal with the stresses imposed by a so-called “mental illness” and problems in living in our increasingly stressful society.

It’s as if the nature of mental disability is not sufficiently understood by decision-makers when cuts are proposed.

Progress toward mental health is a journey of staggered steps and most enriching at the community level where people receive the supports necessary for learning or relearning how to negotiate and order their lives to attain successful community living skills regardless of disability.

Failure to provide funds to support community based mental health operations can only result in increased levels of emergency episodes which are both frightening to the person in distress and to the community. More voices needed.

Frank Tosiello

Traverse City

Text Only

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Associated Press Video
Deja vu: Another NYPD officer choke-holding a suspect 'Fifty Shades of Grey': Watch the Super Sexy First Trailer Now! Reports: Ravens RB Ray Rice Suspended For 1st 2 Games Of The Season Chapter Two: Becoming a first-time director Air Algerie plane with 119 on board missing over Mali Diamond Stone, Malik Newman, Josh Jackson and others showcase talent Free Arturo - The World's Saddest Polar Bear A Look Back at Batman On Film Through The Years LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy