Friday dilemma: Is it ever OK to ignore mental illness?
Today’s moral dilemma comes from “Anon”:
We live in a block of twelve flats in a nice quiet “leafy” suburb of Sydney with lovely neighbours and so on - with one exception. The lady representing the body corporate also lives in the block but appears to be suffering from some kind of mental illness.
You could say that she is a bit lonely. But there is also something else going on because she seems to to need to know what is going on with everybody else that lives in our building. It is not uncommon to see her rifling through the recycling bins to ensure there are no non- recyclable items and she also writes us long letters in regards to he state of the rubbish, or the washing and so on. However, the big issues, like security, adhering with fire laws and the wiring of the block, are not addressed at all.
It’s hard to know how to approach her about these oversights without being rude or unfair about the way she is dealing with her duties, but our apartment block is suffering.
My dilemma is this: is it ever okay to ignore a person’s mental health issues?
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