Thank you for the consistent and caring coverage you give to mental health and related issues. In your current issue, Sarah Radmer did a great job of connecting Peter Earley with our local issues (“When the Mentally Ill are Behind Bars,” Mid-July 2013). 

I appreciate her efforts to use people-first language and refer to “people with mental illnesses,” rather than lumping them all together as “the mentally ill.” 

Her story on Fred Rivara and gun-violence research “Harborview Begins Study on Gun Violence in Seattle,” Mid-July 2013) also was well done — balanced and clear.

I look forward to reading more on mental health and more by Sarah in future issues.

Sue Lockett John, Ph.D.

ForefrontInnovations in Suicide Prevention

University of Washington

I agree: People with mental illness do get pushed to the side. They say we need to be locked up. They say, “Go get it together,” and the question we ask is, how? 

Well, for me, my help came from Sound Mental Health…and I thank God for them taking the time to listen, put[ting] me in the program I need and [giving me] the right meds to take. 

A lot of people don’t want to talk to the mentally ill, but we are no different than anyone else, except we just need to take medication to balance us out. And because [of] the fact that some people can’t get the meds they need and the counseling, people act out. 

We need more awareness because you never know, it just might happen to you.

Ernestine Finkley-Goston

Auburn