Loneliness, isolation and stigma are major roadblocks to recovery for persons afflicted with mental illness ("Social club saves those with mental illnesses," Helping Hands column, Sept. 1).

I wonder how many times we must tell people there is a stigma to mental illnesses before we realize what we are doing is wrong?

"Afflicted" is a terrible word to live by, a terrible word to direct. Be cautious of the words you employ; people are listening.

Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor

Fort Myers, Fla.