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    hberquistJan 20, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    So you’re concerned about rhetoric? How about toning down your own words? Calling the shooter in the Arizona tragedy a “deranged madman” does nothing at all to move the REAL cause of such incidents forward, which is the ignorance and stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This persistent use of shamelessly derogatory words to describe an individual that is obviously ill is crippling to families, not to mention the individuals that are living with these illnesses. The shame and fear associated with mental illnesses prevents people from seeking help, or even reaching out for real information that could dispel the myths that keep them from addressing the NEED for help.
    Missi Berquist
    Advisor for Active Minds at Mercyhurst

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