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Posted by marie on August 20, 2002 at 10:15:56:
In Reply to: Stigma and discrimination posted by Terrie McKamy on June 27, 2002 at 01:56:38:

> I am a graduate student in a counseling program and have a few things I would like to say and receive feedback.

> I feel such anger and sadness at the fact that there is still so much stigma associated with mental health issues.

> Even after our country has experienced such trauma that sent many folks across the country to counselors, I still see discrimination and pregidious.

> I personally have experienced discrimination from insurance companies that have refused to insure my daughter because we sought help for her after a suicide attempt. This was the exact thing that she was afraid might happen if we went to the hospital. They told us that it would be 5 years before she could be insured again. I can't understand how this is legal.

> I feel that if we speak loudly and have a strong voice in government that change can occur.

> What is your experience with the system and how do you see change ever happening.

> Thank you for your responses
> Terrie McKamy

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