Those who stigmatize the mentally ill, are themselves mentally challenged or outright illiterate. I don’t know any other way to put it. If in 2015, costumes are still made and sold depicting mental illness as a comedy or whatever, it is simply sad. Will they make one for cancer, diabetes etc? Pathetic our world indeed !!!
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The other day I was browsing through mental health blogs and reading posts when I saw something that made me stop in my tracks. It was this article. The article is about a woman’s fight to stop the sale of a rather offensive “mental patient” costume.
At first I didn’t know what to think. Thoughts came and went, I wondered who in the hell would buy a costume of a “mental patient”, a costume so offensive and cruel. What exactly is funny or cute about mental illness? Then it hit me, hard. People actually bought these costumes, this is many people’s view of mentally ill people.
As someone with prodromal schizophrenia, I am acutely aware of the enormous stigma that surrounds mental illness, especially more severe illnesses. Still, the fact that someone would make such an offensive costume, and that…
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