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Re: “Police Dispatch

To my good friends at the Tucson Weekly,
As kind and gentle as you usually are, you continue to include these "humorous" Police Dispatches that belittle and degrade individuals with mental illness. Please stop. It's not funny; its extremely hurtful. Those I know and work with who live with mental illness suffer from enough self-doubt and self stigma. Many are living fulfilling and productive lives, and memories of their past actions while in a psychotic state still haunt them.
The man in your most recent Police Dispatch (distastefully titled Shitzophrenia) will likely come out of this episode of illness filled with shame. This is incredibly sad, because its not his fault. Knowing that others not only witnessed his actions but mocked them (and wrote about them in a weekly paper) only adds to this unnecessary shame and may be part of impeding his recovery.
Tucson Weekly, you know better. You have printed several articles promoting the respect and dignity of individuals with mental illness, many within the last year. About four years ago I was named a Local Hero for working with people recovering from mental illness at Our Place Clubhouse. Please stop making fun of people who are disabled, by mental illness or anything else. Its not funny; its destructive...and personally, I don't think it fits who you are. Thanks for listening.

Posted by roxanneprillwitz on 02/13/2011 at 10:23 PM

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