Mental illness stigma

To the Editor:

About 20 years ago, a radical feminist group in a small college posted a list of potential rapists.It included every man in the college!

I am an old man who is nearing the end of a mostlyhappy life. Among its unhappy periods werethree hospitalizations with paranoid delusions –nine months in 1966, three months in 1969, and two months in 2003.

I can relate to the young men at that college. If I had to face some of the newly proposed laws about mental health privacy,I probably never would have voluntarily sought help for my symptoms, been involuntarily hospitalized every few years, and led a shorter, less happy life.

Bob Coleman

Woodstock