Mental health fluff

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Tue, 10-22-2013 - 11:12am

Since some questions were left unanswered on the other thread, here goes:

1. Do you have personal experience, yourself or someone close to you, of going through a mental illness, either severe like bipolar or schizophrenia, or less serious like anxiety or PPD that required treatment?

2. Do you consider it stigmatizing to have a mentally ill family member? IOW, if you have been in this situation, is it something you talk to others about or do you try to avoid the subject?

3. Do you consider mental illness to be a controversial subject, and if so, in what way?

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Sun, 10-27-2013 - 11:18am

One  point of the extensive, public discussion going on about the pink stuff is that wearing pink hats/socks/Ts etc doesn't actually do anything except making the participants feel good. So a lot of people are saying that all ways are not equally good or useful. That  is kind of the whole point here.

As for how you change the minds of ignorant people? You keep talking.  One very effective way to combat stigma is to talk about how you have been touched by MI or whatever the stigmatizing thing might be. Public information campaigns can also be useful. Glenn Close participated in one about MI that I, and many others, thought was very good. Apparently GlennClose has a sister with bipolar, and the sister was also in the video. 

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 5:57am

Yes, I've seen that video with Glenn Close and her sister and I agree, it makes you stop and think...  What's the difference b/w walking around wearing a tshirt with bi-polar written across your chest - and - a pink ribbon that raises awareness for breast cancer?  IYO? 

 

 


 


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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 6:17am

Jams, there are 2 differences that I can see right off the bat about a pink ribbon and an ad with people wearing bipolar Ts, or even people wearing them out and about for argument's sake.

1. Breast cancer has moved far beyond the pink ribbon. It had its use, back when people were embarrassed even to talk about it. That time has, thankfully, passed. I think it would be very difficult to find anyone in the Western world who doesn't know what the pink ribbon stands for at this point. With mental illness we are still at the beginning of the effort to raise public awareness.

2. One of the stigmas associated with MI is that patients are running around looking and acting in lunatic ways 24/7. Another and related stigma is that people are afraid of people with mental illness. Neither of these stigmas is at issue when it comes to cancer. Because of these particular stigmas of MI, it absolutely makes sense to have people who could be your neighbor or your grocery clerk or your accountant or whatever wear a bipolar T. It makes people aware that regular folks in the community suffer with these illnesses.

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 9:42am
So it's ok to raise awareness for one illness but not ok for another b/c there's enough of it already. Let me know how that's working for you.... Seriously.

 


 


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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 10:19am

jamblessedthree wrote:
So it's ok to raise awareness for one illness but not ok for another b/c there's enough of it already. Let me know how that's working for you.... Seriously.

The point of "raising awareness" is so that people are ... well, aware.  And the majority of the population are aware of breast cancer and the basic facts about it. They're aware that it strikes anyone, anywhere.     The same can't be said about MI. 

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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 10:31am
"So it's ok to raise awareness for one illness but not ok for another b/c there's enough of it already." ------ It is not a question of it being "OK." Raising "awareness" for breast cancer is pointless by now. We need new approaches to research, we need better help for patients, better treatment for stage 4 and preferably a cure. We are well past the point of people needing to know that breast cancer is a problem. I am not sure why you consider that such a controversial and offensive statement.
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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 10:32am
I don't thik there's ever too much awareness or education about any one subject or illness like talked about here. When you limit it or compare one against another like mops is doing I think you hit a slippery slope, If I'm going to wear a tshirt to support somebody with a MI I'm also going to wear a tshirt to support somebody with cancer, diabetes or another illness too.

 


 


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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 10:35am

rollmops2009 wrote:
"So it's ok to raise awareness for one illness but not ok for another b/c there's enough of it already." ------ It is not a question of it being "OK." Raising "awareness" for breast cancer is pointless by now. We need new approaches to research, we need better help for patients, better treatment for stage 4 and preferably a cure. We are well past the point of people needing to know that breast cancer is a problem. I am not sure why you consider that such a controversial and offensive statement.

None of what you write offends me mops, Lol.  There's a lot of what you write that comes off as hypocritical however, I mean how do you even know we've raised enough attention about breast cancer..  Is there a cure for it? 

 


 


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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 10:42am
"There's a lot of what you write that comes off as hypocritical however," ------- Hypocritical? How so? Awareness will not bring a cure. That is the point I have tried to make all along. There are all kinds of events and organizations dedicated to breast cancer awareness. They spend a lot of money and effort on various kinds of pink fluff and pep rallies. None of that contributes to finding a cure. The money they spend could be better spent on actual research.
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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 10:44am
"If I'm going to wear a tshirt to support somebody with a MI I'm also going to wear a tshirt to support somebody with cancer, diabetes or another illness too." ------ If it just about support, take the ten bucks you would spend on the T-shirt and donate it to an appropriate research foundation. If it is about raising awareness, figure out something that will actually be meaningful and worthwhile.

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