ORIGINAL POST — On Huffington Post today, blogger Therese Borchard shares her vision for mental health care in “On MLK Day: I, Too, Have a Dream,” in which she says, “I dream that one day depression won’t destroy so many marriages and families, that better and faster treatment will work in favor of every form of intimacy.”
Borchard is author of her own blog, “Beyond Blue,” which is hosted by Beliefnet.com, but even as her writing often reflects a religious point of view, she comes down firmly on the side of science in her views about mental illness.
I have a dream that … a neurological perspective coupled with a biochemical approach to mental illness will develop targeted treatments: new medication and better response to particular medications … I have a dream that spiritual leaders might preach compassion to persons with mental illness, not indict them for not praying hard enough, or in the right way, or often enough …
And Borchard, who herself lives with bipolar disorder, writes passionately about suicide:
I have a dream that suicide won’t take more lives than traffic accidents, lung disease, or AIDS, that together we can do better to reduce the 30,000 suicides that happen annually in the United States, and that communities will lovingly embrace those friends and families of persons who ran out of hope, instead of simply ignoring the tragedy or attaching fault where none should be.
Borchard moderates a depression support group on Beliefnet.com, and her memoir is due out later this year from Center Street publishing company.
[The abridged URL for this post is http://tinyurl.com/DreamCare .]