‘What about Bob?’

Dear Editor,

The article in today’s (5/13/17) paper entitled “What About Bob?” concerning various mental health issues actually brought tears to my eyes, along with a smile to my face. Having worked for over 30 years in this field before retiring not too long ago, the critical importance and therapeutic power of loving-kindness, compassion, patience, and unconditional acceptance as an essential and necessary foundation for effective professional interventions was undeniable. And to see that understanding so passionately embraced and beautifully put into action by the staff in the psychiatric unit of Warren General Hospital as reflected in that article was deeply reassuring and uplifting — especially during these times when such qualities often appear to be sorely lacking and even scorned by many.

As Mahatma Ghandi once said, “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

So, kudos and sincerest thanks to those caregivers at WGH — Warren should be very proud of them and feel very fortunate to have them as part of our community, and to all who dedicate themselves to providing the best possible treatment, care, and support for this extraordinarily challenging and so often misunderstood and stigmatized population.

Dale E. Buonocore,