I get it, it’s complicated.
Mental Illness is an illness that unfortunately receives compassion only when it is convenient or easy. As a society, we get Bell Let’s Talk with all the celebrities speaking about their challenges, we have compassion for children’s mental health and maybe, to some extent, we even have understanding when it comes to seniors with dementia. But when the illness is so severe or when a system fails to help someone until something tragic happens we tend to evoke our moral compass and jump to an extreme, emotional reaction.
That is not in any way an indictment on victims or to challenge their thoughts and feelings. When someone with a severe mental illness is involved in a serious incident where a life is lost, it will always evoke a strong emotional response. It is a tragedy, no question. You can’t blame those close to such an event for feeling sadness, anger, outrage or a whole gamut of emotions. But often tabloid media or social media pundits run with the story by pouring fuel on fear and hatred which really serves no one.
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Chris Bovie, #MindVine
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
July 21, 2017