Mental Health: It’s Time to Stop Trivialising

It Seems that every day brings us a new horizon and perspective on what it means to suffer from Mental Health Issues. At one point we didn’t even seem to care about issues such as Eating Disorders, Depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

As more people are talking about mental health, the stigma attached seems to become less common. however, it seems that despite the brilliant work done. The World continues to trivialise and poke fun at Mental Health.

Look at the very latest series of the car crash reality TV show “Celebrity” Big Brother. I use Celebrity very loosely as the majority are washed up losers cashing in on the last 15 minutes of fame.

On the first night, Big Brother set Saun Williamson a challenge to pretend to hear voices in his head, I.E. Schizophrenia and to simulate having a panic attack I.E Faking Social Anxiety.

What Big Brother insinuated with that challenge was that people with Schizophrenia are acting and faking and that genuine social anxiety can be slipped on like some facade or a mask. When in reality It’s not that.

Schizophrenia is a horrible mental health issue, it’s when you hear voices in your head and these voices make you act upon. It can lead into very dangerous and unstable situations and this is some sort of joke?

Then we have the just pure hatefulness, A Tyneside Fish and Chip Shop decorated a Van with Victoria Beckham “an Anorexic Fashion Icon” promoting a thin crust pizza.

I Literally cannot bring myself to write about this, The Sheer amount of offence caused. Anorexia is a serious eating disorder and can actually lead if untreated to death.

A friend of mine this time last year was at death’s door because of it and yet this advert was allowed? That we seriously think that anorexia is a prize?

It’s these two examples which prove that the world still doesn’t see mental health as serious as physical health. We will one day see mental health as a serious issue with the likes of If U Care Share, MIND and Time To Change we can prevent this sort of stupidity and stigma.

Thanks for reading, For Journaling Thoughts Im Jordan Dodds. Please feel free to discuss below in the comments.




Author: Jordan Dodds

Lead Author and Owner of Journaling Thoughts, Journalism Student at Sunderland University follow on twitter @its_jordandodds