I thought I would post this for anyone interested and anyone who has dealt with mental illness.
glenn close gives me the creeps,since her villan appearance in fatal attraction.
I like Morgan Freeman as an actor, but as a social scientist, not so much.
Silence in the face of discrimination only offers power of suppression to the discriminators, e.g. Jim Crow, DADT, women as 2nd class citizens, handicapped rights. I'm loud, proud, an unapologetic in speaking about a number things that most people would prefer to keep silent. Silence doesn't bring change, it keeps the untenable status quo.
The proper designation would be "a student with mental retardation."
In the frequently relevant (to so many debates on Ivillage) words of Inigio Montoya from The Princess Bride "You keep using that
teach me what can be gained in persons wearing tshirts to display these conditons for all to see.
Not Rollmops but I think there is definitely an ignorance and additionally a stigma for people with a mental illness. I think people with a mental illness also deserve "respect,dignity and normalcy." Were you saying that persons with mental illness do not but someone with cancer does?
The ignorance comes from some people who do not consider it a disease at all & those people are just weak minded and should "get over it" (some some people w/depression are told.
I think in some ways, some of the mental illnesses mentioned in that commercial are worse. With cancer, if you are lucky, the treatmetns for that disease can enable you to become "cancer free." For people with schizophrenia and some of the other mental illnesses mentioned, the people afflicted will never be free of them. If they are lucky, the medication can manage it & control the symptoms.
LOL! I think you took the t-shirts with the names of various MIs on them too literally!
Those were just for the purpose of the video, to show that people with MI are normal people, just like your friend with colon cancer. They look just like the rest of us. The purpose of the campaign is to remove the "black cloud" you mentioned in your first post in this thread.
No, mental illness is not like cancer, but people who have a mental illness should not have to be ashamed. I think this is the point of the campaign, to change people's awareness of MI and to remove the shame that prevents people from seeking help or from including people with MI in their lives.
And just like people with cancer, no one with an MI wants to be identified solely as the person with bipolar disorder or whatever, but they may need understanding from their co-workers and friends, just as a person with cancer might when their treatment makes them too ill to work. Right now, people with cancer do get this, but people with MI don't.
And remember, it wasn't too long ago that even cancer had a stigma attached to it. That's why public awareness campaigns are so necessary.