Thank you for your thoughtful Dec. 18 editorial "We shortchange mental health services at our own peril." Thank you also for resisting the temptation to oversimplify the causes surrounding the tragic shooting in Connecticut.
Mental health issues need to come out of the shadows. We all have a stake in mental health care. So often, mental health services are the first items on the chopping block when budgets have to be balanced. Certainly, such services have a cost. But the alternatives are costly as well.