I saw another article on the news this morning about someone being detained under the Mental Health Act. It’s often in the news and especially big news when a celebrity checks into rehab and the media has in the past (hopefully) used infamous headlines like ‘Bonkers Bruno Locked Up’. Whenever a tragedy happens the media seems to look for a mental health angle, because all bad people are mentally unwell right and therefore all mentally unwell people must be bad and dangerous?
I’ve just been chatting across the desk about the language of Mental Health after hearing that “it’s depressing when you have to write a will”, well it might make you think of the future and lower your mood but does it mean you have to go to the doctor and you are actually depressed?
Things at work are driving me mad at the moment, the meeting drove me absolutely crazy, someone on one of the soaps the other day went mental at their friend. Even Beyonce was crazy in love.
It’s not helpful this type of language, but I know that it has its own place in society and in songs and is often used for other reasons ‘we had a crazy night out last weekend’.
It’s great that mental health is being discussed more openly, maybe next time you find yourself using one of these words, or a colleague, family member or friend does you could use it as an opportunity to talk about mental health.
Are the 1 in 4 people this year who will suffer from Mental Health illness all crazy, mad, mental or bonkers, I don’t think so, so let's think about the language we use, talk about it and break the stigma.
Thanks Cee Lo, I don't think you're crazy, some people think I'm bonkers, but I just think I'm free.
Mr Paul Wyse