People who are afraid of mental illness have not had any or much experience with it. So people make assumptions, which are usually wrong. People avoid because it is uncomfortable. This leaves the person struggling with mental illness feeling more alone than ever. And that is not a good sign. EVER.
Last month, Elder Jefferey R. Holland gave a wonderful-and insightful-talk about mental illness. It is the BEST talk I have ever heard on the subject and I wanted to post it here.