Vail Daily letter: What ‘stigma’?
Vail, CO Colorado
Re: “Vail Valley counselors combat mental-health stigma.” Not much of a battle – they managed to place it in your headline!
“Mental-health disorders have a stigma surrounding them just about everywhere you go, but for those in the Vail Valley, the stigma is often magnified. April Wilson, a licensed social worker with the Samaritan Counseling Center in Edwards.” The statement is not true “just about everywhere.”
A question: Would you seek counseling from someone alleging “a stigma” to seeking it? No? Nor would I. It is an unethical and unprofessional stance. Imagine you have survived a sexual assault, and April states in your paper “rape carries a stigma.” Would you choose her organization for help? Nor would I.
A mental-health professional may respond to someone in therapy volunteering a belief. She may not impose hers upon the relationship, not in casual office conversation and not in a paper.
Cathy Zeeb, a Gypsum-based counselor, hopes to change the way people think about therapy so the stigma can be erased. Ditto – avoid her.
Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor, Fort Myers, Fla.