A while back I ran across an "article" by Glenn Close (sorry, lost the link) in which she wrote:
Even as the medicine and therapy for mental health disorders have made remarkable progress, the ancient social stigma of psychological illness remains largely intact. Families are loath to talk about it and, in movies and the media, stereotypes about the mentally ill still reign.
What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation about illnesses that affect not only individuals, but their families as well…
She wrote this in support of a new website: BringChange2Mind.org. Every effort in this regard deserves support.
Mental illness does indeed not only affect the individual, but in so many ways affects all those around them. It is not something to be feared or ignored, but something to be treated and cared for.