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Understanding, not fear, is necessary with people seeking aid, speakers advise

By Pat Gee

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 17, 2014

~~<p><span style="font-size: 12px;">Most people are a bit scared by erratic or unusual behavior and might be reluctant to approach someone displaying it, whether it's a homeless person or a member of their church.</span></p>
<p>&quot;There's a palpable silence&quot; about the subject in most churches, said Lani Tsuneishi Frederick, director of nursing at Leahi Hospital. &quot;People have got to be open about that. It would be a real cultural change to get people to change their mindset and attitude about mental illness.&quot;</p>
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Most people are a bit scared by erratic or unusual behavior and might be reluctant to approach someone displaying it, whether it's a homeless person or a member of their church.

"There's a palpable silence" about the subject in most churches, said Lani Tsuneishi Frederick, director of nursing at Leahi Hospital. "People have got to be open about that. It would be a real cultural change to get people to change their mindset and attitude about mental illness." Login for more...



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