The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 11, 2013

Our Readers Speak - Thursday, July 11, 2013

This country founded on Christian beliefs

I would like to thank The Register-Herald for their July Fourth publication titled “In God We Trust.” It is plain to see that our country’s presidents, forefathers and Supreme Court justices founded this country on Christian beliefs.

Fast-forward to 2013. Now our Supreme Court justices and our current president encourage same-sex marriage. Is this in line with God’s will or Christian beliefs?

This just shows how far away from God’s laws that this nation has gotten.

Vickie Donell-Williams



Mental Illnesses are misunderstood today

This story is about how so many people misunderstand mental illnesses even today. So many people suffer from a mental illness that is either misunderstood or misdiagnosed. Sometimes we are accused of just wanting attention or being mean because the mental illness makes us do things that we normally would not do.

I suffer from a mental illness called bi-polar manic depression. The least little thing can set us back even on medication, it still is there and can come out at times. If a person doesn’t understand it, they think we are just making excuses for our unusual behavior.

In April of 2009 I lost my best friend, my mother, very suddenly. I was devastated, but things got worse. Over the course of the next few years my life changed drastically, some good, some bad. My family turned against me and I contemplated suicide. Then I got saved and baptized on January 23, 2012, and I was on top of the world. Greatest thing I ever did, but then for reasons uncontrollable I got out of church. I got to the point that I really did not want to live and I was ready to kill myself when some very special people intervened and got me the help that I needed.

Everything was going pretty good, I was getting my life together again the best way I knew how. I went to a funeral the other day since it had been four plus years since I had been to one, I thought I could handle it. Even though I was on medication, this sent me into a tailspin of depression like nobody could imagine. I just didn’t care anymore if I lived or died, but three people whom I love dearly, one in particular, were there to pull me through and set me straight.

Mental illness is evil because people cannot see it, they just classify us as being bad, and we are not. Don’t ever think bad things of people like this, help them instead. Help them see that there is a reason for them to live. It might be difficult at times, but deep down they want to live, but at that one moment they don’t see it though.

Please don’t ever give up on a person suffering from a mental illness if you truly care for them, it could make a world of difference in the long run.

Pam Harvey