Education helps prevent stereotypes

"There is a variety of mental illnesses that should be known to the public by educating them about the illnesses"

In regards to the three-part series report on mental health patients in Trail (Trail Times Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18), we, as clubhouse members, do not want to be stereotyped because of what the people in the downtown core do not know or understand is scaring them.

We feel that we should not all be categorized under one heading, as mental illness affects people differently.

There is a variety of mental illnesses that should be known to the public by educating them about the illnesses, as some are more pronounced than others and also depend on the affect of their medications.

We are grateful for the services we receive.  If we were in the big city, we would be lost in the numbers.

Hopefully there will be more education about mental illness for everyone in the future.

Deborah Stark

Friends of Friends Mental Health Clubhouse

Trail