As I write these words in mid October I reflect on the way in which
we have, during the past 4 weeks, expressed our shared grief in understanding,
sympathy, and support for those affected by posttraumatic stress. We are reminded
of the extraordinary ability of humans to cope with extremes of emotion, to
help each other, and to handle fear, pain, and loss. We work together to preserve
our mental health. We see nothing wrong, or mysterious, in our coping mechanisms.
But we do not expect people to have to cope alone, in isolation. We understand
the need for help and guidance.
Brundtland GH. Mental Health: New Understanding, New Hope. JAMA. 2001;286(19):2391. doi:10.1001/jama.286.19.2391