Thank you for printing the excerpt “‘This Doesn’t Go Away’” (June 2013) from Troubled Minds, by Amy Simpson. As the mother of a young woman challenged daily by two mental disorders, I can assure you that Simpson speaks the truth about mental illness. It never goes away. People with mental illness cannot “snap out of it” or just “learn to cope with it.” They need what many do not get: expert diagnosis, medication, and therapy. People with mental illnesses can lead lives of recovery, but they need support from their families and communities. Faith-based groups can do much in this area to help. They need only to become educated and overcome their fears. Thank you for highlighting this issue in your magazine.
Watchung, New Jersey