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A Father, a Daughter and Autism

I was very touched by this piece [“Open Mike,” Spring 2012]. Your message inspired me to connect with others about this issue and understand that we are a community working together as colleagues, friends and resource advocates to educate ourselves and others about pressing public health issues. Thanks for leading the way, Dr. Klag, by sharing this heartfelt message. It makes a positive difference, as you do for us.

Gail Wallace, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
via Magazine Comments

Thank you, Dean Klag, for your editorial. It was interesting and moving and got me started thinking about children with special needs. I wish more people had the guts to share a personal story to call attention to a public health issue.

Magnus Borres, MD, PhD, MPH ’84
Medical Director, Immunodiagnostics
ThermoFisher Scientific
Uppsala, Sweden

Building Mentally Healthy Countries

I am delighted with your article on global mental health [“A Global Call for Mental Help,” Spring 2012]. Most nations have no information concerning the economic costs of NOT providing mental health programs. Ideally, nations would allocate 1 to 2 percent of their budget to mental health.

I would also like to see an educational program for mental health professionals on integrating mental health services and primary health care. We provided a one-week seminar to mental health professionals in Panama, using Skype. Similar programs can help other nations integrate mental health and primary care services, based on a country’s unique needs, resources and culture.

Leonard Feinberg, PhD
UN Representative
Faculty, W.A. White Institute
Associate Professor Emeritus, Iona College
Greenwich, Connecticut

A Silent Epidemic

Unless and until we find a way to speak about child sexual abuse (CSA)—without shying away or talking about “monsters,” as the article [“Reason versus Rage,” Spring 2012] points out—we will not be able to adequately make advances in prevention and treatment. A plethora of information about both CSA prevention and treatment is available. Unfortunately, nearly everyone is working without adequate resources to step up programming. As a more-than-concerned citizen, as a mother and as the founder of Stop the Silence: Stop Child Sexual Abuse (www.stopcsa.org), I implore the public to get involved, despite their discomfort, and ask policymakers to put the resources in place to address CSA as the public health epidemic—indeed, pandemic—that it is.

Pamela Pine, PhD
Glenn Dale, Maryland
via Magazine Comments

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