Thank you for printing the article regarding the panel being set up to study teen suicides, and thank you especially for printing it on the front page. Professionals have known for years that children can be mentally ill, and that their illness can lead to suicide. The problems guarding the path to public acceptance of this knowledge are the same old pair: fear and shame. In addition, we have by no means reached the point where we accept mental diseases as "real" diseases.
Positive publicity, such as your article, will help overcome these problems.Lucybeth Cardon Rampton
Salt Lake City