Shootings underscore need to support mental health care

Recently, there's been a rise in suicides and shootings at local schools and public places. The individuals at the center of these likely struggled with mental health issues. Due to the stigma our society has attached to mental illness, people are not getting help. We need to wake up. Depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and other psychiatric issues are not dirty words. Those who struggle on a daily basis are not contagious and need not be avoided. We're real people just like everyone else with feelings and daily struggles. We just need a bit more help.

We're lucky to have some great resources in our area (NAMI Metro Baltimore, Sheppard Pratt Health System and others) for support, but this is not enough. We need to step up to the plate, advocate for and empower those with mental illness and mental health organizations.

With continued acceptance and support, more lives will be positively affected and saved.

Kate Glorioso, Baltimore

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