The stigma of mental illness

It was written: students do not receive the treatment they need “due to stigma.” (“Connecting the dots to save children’s lives,” Jan. 31).

I am certain the writer means because we have been trained to “promote that stigma.”

History has offered us several examples of such promotions, the most graphic was in WWII Germany: “Due to the stigma” millions of Jews were murdered.

Millions of people accepted that lesson, millions acted upon it.

Harold A. Maio
Fort Myers, Florida

Editor’s note: The letter writer is a retired mental health editor.

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