What a funny time it has been recently. Anyone with half an eye on the media will have seen what has been going on with major supermarkets and online retailers selling Hallowe’en costumes that ridicule and belittle “mental patients” and those from a “psycho ward”. It seems unbelievable that in 2013 these products can still a) exist and b) have people defending them as harmless.
Well I, for one, do NOT think they are harmless. They tap into the subconscious of society that mental health issues are scary, that people diagnosed with such conditions are a danger to society. Now there is no doubt that some people with mental health issues are a danger, in the same way that some people with blond hair are, or some people living in Lancashire are. It is ridiculous to stereotype and generalise and very dangerous to do so in the case of mental health.
For a start it is such a wide area of health that even now new discoveries are being made. Due to it not being a “physical” illness diagnosis and treatment is more complicated. That is assuming that the person in question has sought help. One of the biggest problems facing mental health diagnosis is the fact that many, many people do not seek out help. The stigma associated with mental health is still prevalent that far to many are suffering in silence.
I know that each time I have needed help I have left it to the very last minute to seek help, I let it get to the stage of suicidal feelings each time. What if I had been like so many and carried out those feelings? Admittedly my gender makes it less likely a scenario, research has proven that women are more likely to seek help, whereas men are more likely to commit suicide.
Well I am standing up and saying “I am Ellie, I have depression and I will not be ridiculed as a psycho because I was brave enough to seek help”