Minnesota initiative is a model for mental illness dialogue

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 12, 2013 - 9:09 AM

Minnesota pioneers next-generation effort vs. mental illness stigma.

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mark985Jun. 12, 13 9:45 AM

The focus on stigma ignores the long standing challenge faced by individuals with mental illnesses to obtain that care which actually makes a difference. The editorial board should consider that the response rate for treated depression as reported in the 2011 Minnesota Health Care Quality Report is only 5.2% at 6 months and 4.8% at 12 months. Does a 5% remission rate for depression encourage individuals to engage in treatment for depression or any other mental illness?

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minneyetiJun. 12, 1312:28 PM

As a person that has struggled with mental illness for more than twenty years, I am heartened to see that there is a media campaign on this topic. It is 'nice' that people care. But I think the real place the money should have been spent is in improving the care available in Minnesota. Can you imagine suffering from a potentially life-threatening disease, calling for an appointment with your doctor, and being told to wait for more than three months? That is exactly the position many people with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar illness find themselves in here in Minnesota. Short of going to the emergency room for treatment, there is nothing we can do. With treatment, many people can lead normal lives. Denial of this treatment, even for a short period of time, can be extremely disruptive and dangerous.

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