Partisan posturing not needed here

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Editor: Good on Ghiz for making mental illness a political priority. He’s right, it’s a complicated issue. However, let’s hope he doesn’t get lost in the illusion that mental health is something limited to what happens between a person’s ears. That would be a politically convenient way to do very little or nothing.

Clearly, what usually (not always) enables a healthy mind are healthy living conditions, healthy relationships and healthy bodies.

To this end, these factors don’t easily fit into our traditional understanding of “illness” and that is another layer of challenge for politicians to understand and do something about on a policy level.

And there’s the rub, the last thing we need to address mental illness is partisan political posturing. What we need are politicians that enable open-minded deep conversations and then develop clear comprehensive policies. Now that would be a real Christmas miracle!

Walter Wilkins,


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