Brave, Honest, Shouldn’t Be Attacked: Reader Says


I am in the midst of a health crisis with my 94 year old mother and not in my office, but wanted to post this email from a reader. It is one of several that I have received this morning.

The South African interpreter with schizophrenia disclosed himself worldwide as receiving treatment
and has discussed publicly his symptoms, including tendancies
to become violent.
What a brave, honest, and trusting person!
In return, NBC news reporters commented that he has no right to be around government officials because of possibility for violence.
Is this a “Mandela Moment” when truisms of mental illness, the willingness of mentally ill to be open about their shortcomings,
and the responsibility of all peoples to be tolerant and fair, might
be highlighted across the world?
Is this a moment when mental health leaders need to speak out?
About the author:

Pete Earley is the bestselling author of such books as The Hot House and Crazy. When he is not spending time with his family, he tours the globe advocating for mental health reform.

Learn more about Pete.