An article in the Manchester Evening News with actress Nicola Thorp who wants to break the stigma around her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
Whilst the intention of this article may be to break the stigma of mental health diagnoses, the reality is, the article does anything but.
Another example of celebrity sadfishing? and the increasing danger of perpetuating ‘mental health’ conditions. In Scotland the largest age group to soar in the use of anti-depressants, sleeping pills and anti-psychotics is the age 10 – 14 group, so this is not the time to allow attention seeking tendencies of celebrities, influence vulnerable children.
Nicola’s comments such as “we need medical doctors not just meditation advice, “A hashtag is great, a TV campaign is great, a brand telling you to open up and talk about your mental health is great but it needs to be backed up with action, education and actual treatment.”
“Mental health and mental illness are different beasts. You can’t meditate your way out of a breakdown. It’s like telling someone who is having a heart attack to ‘go for a jog’.”
In a recent article John Read, Professor of Clinical Psychology at The University of East London quoted the epidemic rise of anti-depressants as an “extremely worrying medicalisation of distress”.
John Read’s views de-stigmatises mental health.
Articles like the one in the Manchester Evening News and comments from celebrities who have not found a way to fully recover perpetuate ‘mental health’ conditions.
This has the opposite affect on the stigma of mental health.
Let’s give air time to those who truly de-stigmatise distress.