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Improving mental health services in England

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 05 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1907

Re: Improving mental health services in England

Mental illness is emotional sensitivity to life’s pervasive pain and pitfalls. This sensitivity is a mixed blessing, because it predisposes to both illness and insight. Sensitive people often have crucial, creative insights that shouldn’t be diagnosed or dismissed. So let’s listen, learn, comfort, and support, but not stigmatize, ostracize, marginalize, or hospitalize. Sensitivity is creativity, not negativity.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 March 2014
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO, USA