Oh, it's good to hear bishops speak about mental illness!

We don't do a very good job in the church dealing with the mentally ill. We're still really afraid of them.

The Catholic bishops of New York have released a document addressing this issue - praise God!

The bishops urged the rejection of “the twin temptations of stereotype and fear” that can cause people to see the mentally ill as “something other than children of God, made in His image and likeness, deserving of our love and respect.”

Assumptions that the mentally ill are violent ignore the fact that the seriously mentally ill commit less than 5 percent of violent acts each year, they said. In fact, those with mental illness are more likely to be victims of violence and sexual abuse. Yet fear of violence helps perpetuate a stigma that threatens public support for “a community-based model of treatment.”

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  1. Diane thanks for sharing your page . It has a tremendous amount of useful links and information. I was wondering the image above the girl entangled where did you find the image? Did you paint it?

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  2. Thank you! No, I'm afraid my talents don't include painting. I believe I found the image on DeviantArt.

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