Mary Giliberti Encourages Dialogue for Mentally Ill Teenagers

A letter to the editor written by former Skadden Fellow Mary Giliberti ('93) was published by The New York Times ("Teenage Depression: They Spoke Out," May 29). Responding to an op-ed by students whose Michigan high school refused to publish articles written by students suffering from mental illness ("Depressed, but Not Ashamed," May 21), Mary said, "The facts are staggering. Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by 14, and suicide is the third leading cause of death in youths 10 to 24. This is an issue that schools need to be crusading for, not silencing. Creating and promoting space for open and honest dialogue saves lives." Mary is the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).