Letters to the Editor

Landers letter: Mental health

Why are mental health and suicides left on the back burner? Look at where we rank in suicides and look at how many vets die a day, but Idaho has a shortage of facilities and mental health is understaffed. The GOP needs to do more in caring and showing compassion in addressing the issues. Mental health is a real issue when you look at homelessness, poverty, addiction, hunger because they are a struggle to overcome and create anger and frustration and something needs to be done. So Democrats and GOP, work together and give people some hope, because there are too many drowning in a sea of sorrow. I’m frustrated and angry because I have been there, and, yes, I have a mental health issue with depression, and I know what it is to feel suicidal because I’ve been there, too. I know what it is to have nightmares and to isolate yourself because I’ve been there, too. The reason I’m telling you this is because we all have issues.

John Landers, Wilder