On this day, I support and join the initiative by reblogging the below post. It will sure make a good and thought provoking read.
I however have a remark or two on Mr Burns post (hope he doesn’t burn by my critique)
a) He is right in stating that: ” Mental disability and mental health care have been neglected in the discourse around health, human rights, and equality”; but I can’t bring myself to agree with him on the following:
b) “Finally, while acknowledging that health care professionals have a role to play as advocates for equality, non-discrimination, and justice, I argue that it is persons with mental disabilities themselves who have the right to exercise agency in their own lives and who, consequently, should be at the center of advocacy movements and the setting of the advocacy agenda.” To me, this conclusion adds to the huge pressure put on mentally ill to be at the centre of advocacy movements. Some with milder challenges like myself definitely can – but what capacity do the majority have?
When such sick/disabled or whatever it is the label is, are usually helplessly drugged, restrained, neglected, stigmatised or even traumatised by their very brains on fire, what energy do they have left to champion those movements?
I really wish someday we could come to treat mental health patients just like those with cancer. I don’t see the cause for Cancer championed by those with cancer (at the tough stages – no onset to be precise). And even if they do, I bet the response from the system is probably one of motivation than otherwise.
How many mentally challenged still fear losing their jobs, loves and much more if they advocate with their real names? Let’s be serious further. With all due respect to the Senior Lecturer and Chief Specialist Psychiatrisrt, I think just so much still needs to be done.