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Your Opinion: Focus on mental health issues

Your Opinion: Focus on mental health issues

December 19th, 2012 by Doyle Sager, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

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.