Mental illness robs people of life

Fewer success stories than letter writer portrays

Re: Stigma perpetuated by mainstream media (Letters, Feb. 15)

I must beg to differ with Doreen Marion Gee.

Why? Much like those who commit violent acts, the suspicion is that there is a very low percentage of people with mental illness who are “talented and amazing.”

Severe mental illness strikes the young. Everyone has witnessed someone from their student days suffering from mental illness.

The next generation comes of age and they, also, watch the suffering.

The brain is the least understood organ in the body and so it is probable that many more generations are going to watch friends from their youth slip away.

I am no journalist, but my gut tells me there is a story in here somewhere.

Christina Nicol

Saanich