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Kudos on Mental Health
I enjoyed the Summer 2021 issue of
Minnesota Alumni [“Suicide Survivor”]. I thought the articles were well
curated, well written, and provided an important message to the Alumni
community. Well done.
Ross Levin (B.S.B. ’82) Edina, Minnesota
edition on mental health. Bravo and congratulations!
Mark Ritchie (M.A. ’13)
Thank you so much for your work and leadership in creating the June
Minnesota Alumni magazine. Your decision to focus on mental health is so
I particularly enjoyed Shannon Brooks’ story [“The Night of the
Train”]. It is so timely and particularly helpful, and I believe his story will
ring true for many. His ability to communicate is extraordinary and it touched
me personally as my grandson, who is 21 years old, has experienced similar
difficulties in the last few years.
And Bruce Arios’ story [“I Saw an Angel”]
is so inspiring and uplifting, I presume he is a wonderful and very giving
gentleman. He has my admiration and prayers.
I have not finished reading all of
the articles, but am so appreciative, I have sent it to many and will save my
print copy. It has meant a lot to me. Thank you.
P.S. I had let my alumni dues
lapse, but I signed up again, thanks to the magazine.
Barbara Elick, (M.A. ’08)
R.N., B.S.N., M.A. Minneapolis
As always, I’ve read Minnesota Alumni from cover
to cover and take this opportunity to check in with you, as invited.
health is excellent, thanks to the attention of family and friends around the
globe seeking to keep me safe and smiling during the pandemic. And due to the
special attention given me by my rescue dog, Charlie.
Thank you for the
attention to mental health in the Summer 2021 edition. The articles, from “The
Night of the Train” to “Pets and Mental Health” were enlightening and
My favorable comments about this issue match my interest and
pleasure at reading each one.
Sieglinde Gassman (B.A. ’85) Apple
Feedback on ‘Mom, Something’s Really Wrong With Me’
In our Summer 2021 issue, Senior Editor Elizabeth Foy Larsen detailed her
episode of major depression during college, and how a caring therapist and the
drug Prozac helped her come through it. Below is feedback from another
perspective on the subject.]
Prozac, no side effects? SSRIs, like Prozac’s
fluoxetine (the otherwise “miraculous” drug’s real name), aren’t that easy with
which to deal and cope.
We all as humans [don’t] really understand what
fluoxetine does and doesn’t do, to and/or for us.
Thank God it may have worked
for you (It saved your life, you said! Congrats!), but it most certainly
doesn’t work [that] well [all the time] for the majority of us.
I have to thank
God I absolutely declined taking [Prozac] when I was living in the U.S. more
than 20 years ago. Today I see that this decision saved my life. (I’ve never
shared my “non-experience” with fluoxetine before with anybody. I felt
encouraged after I read the excerpt of your memoirs; thank you for sharing
Wander Nunez Frota (Ph.D. ’00) Teresina, Brazil