Letter: The stigma surrounding mental health issues

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 1:22 p.m.

    @Just Because:

    Anyone in Utah who thinks as you allege, is either not listening to what is being taught from the LDS Church leadership, or is rejecting such teachings.

    LDS clergy routinely teach that those with clinical depression or other mental illness should obtain treatment from competent health care professionals.

    To the extent that Utah may have the highest use of psychotropic medications in the union, that might well be a sign of Utah residents heeding the advice from LDS Church leadership to obtain professional treatment, rather than either self-medicating with alcohol, pot, or other drugs, or of self-treating by merely attending "church, read[ing] the BOM, pray[ing] on a regular basis and pay[ing their] tithing."

    In other words, in your attempt bash on Utah culture and LDS religious beliefs and practices, your post becomes self-contradictory.

    We don't expect the kidneys, liver, or bones to heal through religious faith alone. We seek out best medical care while exercising faith. in fact, the senior LDS Apostle spent his career as a world-renowned heart surgeon. Why should the most complex organ in the body be any different?

    Let's stop hating on Utah/LDS.

  • Just Because Syracuse, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 11:30 a.m.

    Difficult sale in this state......mental illness is seen as a "defect" or a sign of weakness here. All you really need to do is go to church, read the BOM, pray on a regular basis and pay your tithing. Happiness will automatically ensue if you do.

    Hence, Utah is per capita the leading consumer of psychotropic medications in the union. The push to be perfect in the eyes of others is difficult indeed.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 11:16 a.m.

    One component of social stigma of mental health is the assumption, codified in law and carelessly tossed about after violent crimes make the news, that everyone with mental illness is dangerous and must have fundamental rights denied and that this denial must be for life.

    While many who commit horrible crimes are mentally ill, the vast majority who have brain illness are not violent and are not a danger to others. Many have no intention of harming themselves. Further, many who have a period of mental illness will recover.

    However, criminal laws do not reflect these realities. Instead, any who are deemed mentally ill and even those deemed incapable of managing their own finances are barred for life from even handling a gun.

    A perfectly healthy 50 year old who was involuntarily committed for anorexia or post partum depression as a young college student endures a lifetime loss of RKBA.

    The fear of losing RKBA, or future job opportunities as we demand mental health records be less private, may well prevent many from seeking mental health treatment.

    Lets correct laws that help needless create stigma.

    Or is attacking RKBA more important than helping those with mental illness?

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 6:54 a.m.

    A very insightful letter. Now if it can have a positive effect . . .