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Alive and Kicking

It began with a simple remark. It went something like this:

You just have to stay away from her. She is on depression medication and she tried to kill herself once. You never know when she will get violent.

And it was followed later in the day by:

They should just lock up those crazies and everything would be okay.

In the afternoon I heard kids in the playground. One said:

Janie’s weird. She’s got some loose screws in her head.

My day was capped off with:

Violence, violence, violence. If we could just get rid of the lunatics we could live happily ever after.

And then I read in a magazine:

Some people do have a tendency to be depressed. It is a matter of recognizing that you have sinned and once you ask God’s forgiveness, everything will be all right.

As I fell asleep I thought:

The stigma is alive and functioning and being passed onto other generations. How sad is that?

– Bernadette

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6 Responses

  1. It is three steps forward and two steps back in regards to mental health and stigma. Your examples make me sad and angry at the same time. We just need to keep plugging away, educating people and fighting the stigma. Thanks for all you do!

    • I have to remember that even with one step forward and two steps back I still make progress. I hope the same is true about fighting stigma. – B

  2. sigh…one day, if we keep talking…….

  3. You are spot on. We are all becoming more aware and PC in a lot of our speech but these words are still bandied about without thought. Great post and food for thought.

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