Letter: Student's tulip project helps break barriers

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Thank you for reporting on Casco Bay High School junior Julia Hansen’s Yellow Tulip Project, promoting awareness of mental illness (“Student plants hope for mental illness awareness,” Oct. 11). We’ve come a long way as a country when it comes to being open about physical illness, sexual orientation, gender identity and other issues, and it’s exciting to think of the possibility and benefits of being open about mental illness. It may reduce suicide rates and it could enable millions to seek help to lead happier, more productive lives.

I’m grateful to Julia for her efforts and I wish her the best of success. She’s working on something very important.

A shout out, too, to Julia’s mother, Suzanne Fox, for supporting her. Great leaders need great supporters.

Andy Meyer