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I Do Not Assert A Stigma
By Harold A. Maio


September 16, 2009

There is such a stigma regarding Mental Health. The sentence actually reads, "I associate such a stigma." It is the writer's statement.

May I share with you, both editors and the letter writer, I do not.

It was a decision I made, like which tie to wear, or which street to drive down. Or cream or lemon.

I simply decided I would not be among those people asserting a "stigma," any "stigma." I would not be the person someone could cite as asserting a "stigma." I would not allow my words to be the foot note to someone's article claiming a "stigma."

It was a simple decision, may you arrive at it as well.

Harold A. Maio, retired Mental Health Editor
Ft Myers FL

Received September 14, 2009 - Published September 16, 2009


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