NAMI Walk Correspondence Received
I received the following correspondence on September 16, 2008 from Dr. Robert B. McFadden, the President of NAMI Louisville:
I am writing to thank you for your inspiring speech at NAMI Louisville’s
Walk for the Mind of America at the Waterfront Park on September 13,
2008. While it must have been hard for you to recount the struggle you
have had with your illness, your story carried a most positive message
to your audience of family members and consumers. That message is that
treatment works when it is delivered to the patient and your living
presence provided a living, fighting example of success.
Too long have people who suffer from brain disorders had to face the
stigma of mental illness. Too long have sufferers, consumers and family
members alike, had to endure the neglect and denial of the treatment
that is their due. As you pointed out, treatment saves money for the
state. Two thousand dollars spent on medication and therapy for a month
can keep a patient out of hospital and in many cases in the workforce.
Lack of that medication or therapy can cost $25,000 for a month in
hospital, or it can cost a life through suicide.
Thank you for your courageous and eloquent presentation. I look forward
to your encore at our main event for Mental Illness Awareness Week with
Judge Gibson and to your participation when we and the Brandeis School
of Law welcome Professor Elyn Saks to Louisville at the end of October.
Robert B. McFadden, M.A., Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, UofL
President, NAMI Louisville
10510 LaGrange Rd, Bldg 103
Louisville KY 40223-1228
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