Mentally ill people just want to fit in

May 10, 2011

I've been mentally ill all my life. I've been laughed at, ridiculed, made fun of, been the butt of many jokes. This reaction by the homeowners at Ruxton is nothing new to me. Being mentally ill has a very negative stigma attached to it, and these homeowners are no different than the children who made fun of me.

However, now, we as the mentally ill have civil rights and fair housing rights, and as a class we are protected from the discrimination of these tormentors.

I believe that this anti-mentally ill group is conspiring to deny the mentally ill their civil rights and fair housing rights. This is a very serious charge that I believe that the Federal district attorney and the FBI should investigate if this rabble-rousing by these homeowners continue.

We want to be nice to our neighbors. We want to fit into the community. That is our sole desire. We don't want to fight. We just want to fit in.

We, the mentally ill, are your children, your uncles and aunts, and cousins and brothers and sisters.

In my case, I was taken off the street by a mental health and housing provider. I needed shelter, and I received shelter. I needed food, and I received food. I needed direction and meaningful activity, and I received that also.

Soon I worked a job for about two years. Then I realized that if I could do that I could go to school and get a better job. Now I'm a graduate with an associate degree in Science and Arts, of which I'm very proud.

Soon I will be working a responsible job in the community.

My struggle was a long one. But I made it. As the stigma from the community eases and our own self-stigma abates the mentally ill will be able to make the progress that will put us in the mainstream of life.

David Weiss, Frederick

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