Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Speaking of Stigma

The Prozac Monologues posts a year end review of things said about mental illness that are just... well... just go see for yourself.

The stigma struggle has a long way to go.  A long way indeed.


  1. Greetings,
    As you know, I have been reading your postings. Although I did not comment on your last posting, I can very much relate.
    I've checked out the 'Prozac Monologues'. Anyway, here is my own reflection upon the "stigma struggle". I have, via my blog and through various mental health Organisations, attempted to reduce the unfair stigma that still surrounds those who are experiencing mental health concerns. A big part of the problem is the media 'hype' that would rather label, stereotype and use outrageous and unjust sensationalism to portray those affected by such debilitating illness. Sadly, maintaining the bias with ridiculous headlines, sells newspapers.
    The good news is that more people are becoming aware of mental illness and I have noted a genuine willingness to try and understand our plight. This has been evident via my blog and through the work I have done with various charities. As you will know, mental health issues, can happen to anybody. Yes, we have a long way to go, but we are getting there.
    I personally, try to live with, rather than, suffer from, my mental illness.
    You have my ongoing support and encouragement.
    In peace and kindness, Gary.

  2. That's a great note, Gary. I had never thought of your last comment quite that way before. "Live with" is certainly less prejudicial than "suffer from".

    Your comment on the media is apt as well. Many media outlets DO consider sales before accuracy, and publish accordingly. Cross-platform media consolidation doesn't help, where one company owns many media outlets.... but thats a whole other subject for a whole other blog.

    Thanks again for dropping by.


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