READERS WRITE: FEB. 20


Mental health stigma carries steep price

I write this with tears of grief and frustration. Running a nonprofit counseling center over the past 10 years, I have been saddened to witness repeated events like Parkland, followed by anguished vows to “do more about mental health.” Why, then, did an effort to approve Medicare (and probably Medicaid) funding for professional counseling and marriage and family therapy die in a Congressional committee last year? Why is our own center, providing over 8,000 counseling sessions last year for 875 people, on the brink of closure, unable to raise community support – despite the 2014 FedEx rampage in our own town? It’s because we lack “boots on the ground” urgency in our hearts, a compulsion to do something that will make an actual, tangible difference. The crippling issue is not mental health per se, but the stigma that blinds potential supporters from seizing the opportunity to improve both our lives and our security.

CRAIG TORELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FOUNTAIN GATE COUNSELING CENTER, KENNESAW

School attacks can be minimized, not prevented

When our daughter drops off her twin daughters at their middle school, the girls must pass through the one and only access door, identify themselves to security, and allow their backpacks to be monitored. When our daughter goes to pick up her girls, a distinct, present and active security protocol is in effect. Unlike Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School – where, for the last 10 years of my teaching career, I taught before retiring in 2000 – the twins’ middle school is cloistered. Douglas High School is an open campus – which is to say, open to the birds to fly through, open to the wind and rain, open to demented killers. If kids were really, truly important, they’d be schooled within the walls of hardened venues. Such attacks can never be completely prevented, but they can absolutely be minimized.

GEORGE A. MITCHELL, BLAIRSVILLE



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Immigrant children are real children

“Illegals” have faces. This is what Republicans are learning to their chagrin amid mounting international outrage over the new policy of separating immigrant children from their families at our southern border. For years, the party has pretended otherwise. It has denied undocumented immigrants their personhood, casting them instead as an...
Opinion: Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

“This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential candidate...
Opinion: Researching coping strategies for PTSD

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America maintains a database of “Personal Stories of Triumph.” It’s a curated collection of stories about how people have suffered anxiety, depression, OCD, and/or trauma-related disorders — yet coped and triumphed. If you’re looking for a little lift, it’s worth checking...
READERS WRITE: JUNE 24

Even media conservatives wrongly presume Trump’s guilt Mona Charen’s “Trump played by Kim at Summit” (Opinion, June 17) should be “Media played by Trump at summit.” For three years, Trump’s failed to meet the media’s cookie-cutter narrative of how a president (and presidential candidate) should act. Meanwhile...
Opinion: Lawsuit to rule ACA unconstitutional will aid Georgia, U.S.

As Attorney General, I am committed to upholding the rule of law with each decision I make in order to protect the basic principles upon which our nation is founded. It is in keeping with this commitment that I have joined a multi-state coalition challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a terribly flawed law that has left Georgians...
More Stories