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This letter is in response to the article "Mysteries of the Mind: One Man's Journey into Schizophrenia" (Jan. 27). Thank you for presenting a wonderful look into the daily difficulties one faces when either living with a mental disorder or caring for someone who does. Kudos to Jonah Fite and his family for sharing the details of their story and beginning to chip away at the stigma that so many people face.
Jonah was lucky that a psychiatrist was riding the bus when his psychotic break happened. What would have happened if the psychiatrist wasn't on the bus that day? People may not know how best to intervene, what to say or do. I strongly encourage everyone to enroll in a mental health first aid class, national training that teaches how to recognize the signs and symptoms of the most common mental health issues, how to respond in a crisis and where to find local resources. Similar to learning regular first aid or CPR, mental health first aid gives participants the ability and confidence to act when they notice a mental health problem may be developing.
Visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org to find a class taking place near you.
The writer is head of Strong Trainings, which provides consultations for mental health nonprofits to set up trainings and seminars.
First Published January 30, 2013 12:00 am