It is no secret that our community has had it's share of tragedy's over the past 2 months. A family of 5 murdered in Sinking Spring. Five suicides of our children, all preventable and for no reason. Suicide is final. They call it the final option. We call it a lack of knowledge and a lack of willingness to learn and to accept the true meaning of what a mental illness really is. Our community is changing but it is happening too slow for us. Why is Berks County so closed to understanding mental illness. It's that subject no one talks about nor wants to. Mental illness is a disease. It doesn't mean that a person is broken, defective, less than. It means acceptance and treatment. Society would have it different. Our position is true and to the point. Stop the stigma - start the conversation. This blog will be devoted to that purpose so get ready to read some very thought provoking and hardcore insight into mental illness in the Berks County community. Get ready.