Jesse Jackson Jr. on the mend
The Kansas City Star
It is a plus that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. left the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday after his second treatment for bipolar disorder. Everyone should cheer him.
Jackson, an Illinois Democrat, was easily re-elected on Nov. 6 but he continues his mental health treatments, The Associated Press reports. His struggles date back to June.
He needs to give himself the time and space to heal. He has a long road to recovery.
How well Jackson does at age 47 will help other people contending with their own mental health concerns. It is a very human problem not unlike physical health issues such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer. However, mental illness too often is discounted and stigmatized.
But Jackson through his very public, very personal journey can help make erase the myths and misconceptions associated with mental illness. The public needs to get behind that and support the congressman.