Thank you for the story "Looking For Acceptance" by Richard Dymond. So many of us do not understand what families go through when one of their members develop a mental illness.
Clarita and Josie were doing this area a great service by telling their story -- how they deal with an illness that can be devastatingly tiresome. They are extremely generous with their explanations. So many families are beyond understanding what is going on with their own members.
The first time I had to ask my doctor to hospitalize my 17-year old son Billy, the doctor was crying. But Bill admitted himself three other times after his first stay when he graduated from high school while in the hospital. He spent a great deal of time working with other young people, some of whom had gotten into drugs. He was also back at Bible study at church before he died, just after his 32nd birthday from a serious lung disease.
Florida is so far behind in this field compared to New England that I get furious wondering when we are going to wake up. I wish a commission would be established to visit other states to see how they are treating mental illness.
Again, I thank the Herald and Richard Dymond for an award-winning story and Trinity United Methodist Church for holding the National Alliance On Mental Illness monthly meetings at their building.
The Rev. Emmalou Kirchmeier