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April 6, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters for Sunday, April 6, 2014

Helping those who help those with mental illness

Tom Sheetz wrote a letter earlier in the year discussing mental health and how the help is distributed. We have a very nice building for mental health clients to spend time. They do laundry, they cook, they take advantage of donations that a lot of people give such as clothing, bedding and hygiene products. Logansport has so many because the state hospital “cured” them then put them in group homes and on the streets. The majority have no family members and if they do, the families have nothing to do with them. So here we are. People in the past worked very hard to get this nice building, something Logansport should and could be proud of.

Over the years I came to know those in our community who are helping people with mental illness and showing them compassion and concern.

People do not realize what a family goes through when they experience the onset of schizophrenia in a loved one. It can happen to anyone. It can also be because of a brain injury at any stage of life.

This is how I became involved with NAMI — National Alliance on Mental Issues — dedicated to supporting, educating and advocating for a person and their family members living with serious mental illness.

We started a group in Logansport and we have found that many people with family members just aren’t interested, and it ended up being only consumers coming to the meetings.

We have a hotline for family members to call and I try to help them with information as best I can. I invite them to join NAMI, but that’s the last we hear from them. So, bottom line is we have these clients in town and we all need to get together and help them obtain a good life.

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