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Reader Input: Give mental health its due

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Mental health awareness may be the newest social issue to hit the kitchen table. We need more open discussion regarding depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse. The need is great and the workers and funding are scarce. These issues are not a respecter of persons and can affect anyone and any family at any time.
Unfortunately, the stigma is great regarding mental health issues and ignorance and denial abound.
We have come a long way as a society in recognizing women’s rights, civil rights issues for races, same-sex issues and other formerly stigmatized health issues like TB and cancer.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is a national grass-roots organization trying to promote mental health awareness.
Auburn is fortunate to have a group that meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Placer County Library.
There are also many local AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and Al-Anon (for family and friends of alcoholics) meetings for persons and families suffering from these treatable illnesses.
This is the 21st century, not the dark ages. As a community we need to be more aware that help is available.
CAROL WALLGREN, Auburn