Controversy? come and tell me what you think

I was having a look round facebook, as you do and I saw something about mental illness was trending the caption was “photo project aims to expose the truth about those who suffers from disorders.”

Now I was excited about this, I love anything that exposes the stigma of mental health, so I clicked onto it.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/fionarutherford/this-photo-series-is-eradicating-the-stigma-of-mental-illnes#.nrekYjo77

This is the article I came across, and as I read I was aware of a slight disappointment, because the project itself is based on people of colour, thus being white myself I could’t participate.

Then I started thinking being white myself I would have no clue if other cultures and races had more of a battle with the stigma of mental health than I have found, and I know there is a large amount of stigma out there.

So I started reading the comments and there was a lot of this is racism being yelled at and my old favourite what if we did an all white one, it would be cancelled before it started.

Me, personally, I hate the fact that something like this exists, I think we as the human race should come together and fight the stigma of mental health and work towards getting rid of it.

On the other hand if there is a particular stigma towards people of different cultures and races then surely this project is a good thing. I have never thought about and now to be honest, I am going to do a bit of research on it, to see if there is something.

I would love to have your thoughts on it. Do you think its a necessary project?

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6 Responses to Controversy? come and tell me what you think

  1. M says:

    I would say that it is necessary. In certain countries, mental health is even more taboo. I remember as a child that it was mentioned that my father was taken to see a doctor regularly when he was a child and given injections and medication. It was mentioned once or twice, and never understood the significance until my mother said “for his head”, meaning his mental health. To this day, I still don’t know exactly what is was, but I very much suspect my depression cycles are like my father’s. But you just shut up and get on with it.
    Likewise, my SIL suffers from bi-polar disorder. My in-laws not only fail to understand what she is going through, they make horrid comments in front of her.
    If I told my mother that I’m on meds for depression, well, I don’t really know how she would react. Like I’m on cocaine, probably.

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    • How very interesting and also very sad. I have been doing a little bit of research and have found that African Caribbean people living in the UK have lower rates of common mental disorders than other ethnic groups but are more likely to be diagnosed with severe mental illness.and there are a few other facts that I have been looking at as well

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  2. I think it’s interesting and anything that could bring new perspectives and valuable information to light would be necessary. Knowledge is power, and thus is awareness.

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  3. somhodie says:

    At first, I thought mental illness is the same and should be discussed the same way in all cultures.We, as you said, should join forces together as human race.
    But now that you’ve made me think of this, I do think it is important to know the different perspectives that the same stigmas have on different cultures. We don’t actually share the same experiences, even though we might be battling the same issues. It’s veryinteresting to realize that.

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    • One of the reports I was reading is the Chinese have a very low mental health

      “It has been suggested that the close-knit family structure of the Chinese community provides strong support for its members. While this may be beneficial, it may generate feelings of guilt and shame, resulting in people feeling stigmatised and unable to seek help.”

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