Monday, Aug. 26, update: Funding for MinnPost’s new beat covering mental health and addiction issues continued to grow over the weekend.
The total now stands at $4,665. We need $5,335 more to meet our $10,000 goal by this coming Friday, August 30.
Donations to date have ranged from $10 to $500; 62 people have made gifts.
The comments below are reprinted with permission. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments — and your generous support.
Too often, mental illnesses are not viewed as the real diseases that they are. That is tragic. Discussions of mental health should be open, and informed — and this effort will move us closer to that goal.
Andrew Urevig, Golden Valley, in honor of those who are fighting disease
In memory of Jeff Elliot Kaner
Rabbi Michael Adam Latz Discretionary Fund, Shir Tikvah Congregation, Minneapolis
As an alcoholic, I have lived in recovery sharing my story outside the confines of my AA meetings. I believe in confidentiality rather than anonymity. Let’s take the shame we feel when we cannot quit drinking and drugging out of the equation and move addiction from the morality concept of the past to the disease concept of the present.
I’m pleased to support this effort. We need good, thoughtful, in-depth coverage of the myriad issues facing children and adults with mental illnesses and their families and our mental health community.
Sue Abderholden MPH,
In honor of the
Thank you to MinnPost and a great recovery community for supporting my son’s courageous journey to sobriety.
Peggy Birk, Minneapolis, in honor of Lars Leafblad
Thorough, evidence-based coverage will be welcome to highlight the need for a continuum of care including prevention, early identification and early intervention. Addressing prenatal addictions, postpartum depression and infant mental health can result in significant cost-savings to society as well as enhanced life-long health and productivity.
Candace & David Kragthorpe, Shakopee
In memory of Paul and Sheila Wellstone
Please add your voice and your contribution today.