Commentary: A Legacy of Honest Compassion Toward Mental Illness, Addiction


By Naomi Ishisaka

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One of the most important lessons I learned from the passenger seat of my best friend’s recovery journey is the saying “you are only as sick as your secrets.”

The adage from Alcoholics Anonymous is something we talked about a lot, the idea that telling our truths could be healing for ourselves and others, and that conversely, shame and secrecy only fuel addiction and mental health issues.

Since my friend and longtime community and arts leader Rahwa Habte’s death on Aug. 27 after a long battle with mental illness and addiction, I have grappled with how to make meaning from…click here to continue reading