THIS blog was going to be about football or some other mundane thought rattling in my head, but thanks to Asda, it’s an angry rant.
You may have
seen that the store has apologised this evening for trying to sell a ‘Mental
Patient Halloween Costume’.
Oh it gets
better... it even came with the strapline ‘Everyone will be running away from
you in fear in this mental patient fancy dress costume’.
Oh it gets better
again....the costume is a blood soaked shirt with meat cleaver! Yes because
Asda’s wonderful creative department think everyone with mental health issues
has been on a rampage recently.
For crying out
loud it’s 2013, we have hybrid cars, TVs the size of a small country, we manage
many diseases, we deliver babies in women’s homes, we send humans into space so
why the F*** is it acceptable to a) make sick jokes about mental health and b)
still not have serious discussions about the subject.
Why on earth
can a major supermarket sell costumes like this but people even with mildest
depression are told to ‘cheer up’?
Why on earth
can we make jokes and sport stars with depression are told to ‘grow up’ and why
do people still back away from those with any form of mental health problem.
shared this with many but my mum is slowly succumbing to dementia and over the
last 2 years I have seen people, friends even, back away from seeing her
because they don’t understand what is happening.
That is not to
say they are bad people, far from it but an example of how uneducated we are
about all mental illnesses; from depression, personality disorders, ADHD and bi
polar to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
None of it can
be cured, just managed, the sufferer doesn’t pick the illness, the illness
picks them. Many have a brush with depression, I hit rock bottom one January night
and all sorts of very dark thoughts came to me.
speaking very quickly about how I was feeling (because I was so shocked at the
thoughts) to my wife and her gentle affection and listening ear pulled me back
Some are like me,
the lightest brush and a quick scare, some are not. We should not mock, we
should listen, we should not joke, we must support.
If you read
this and agree with me, great more power to you, if you read it and realise
something is wrong then talk to someone.
people are walking and talking today, living with an illness, but guess what
they aren’t hacking people to death!
Shame on you
Asda, f****** shame on you.
Visit www.mind.org.uk www.rethink.org www.youngminds.org.uk www.sane.org.uk www.together-uk.org or type mental health
into a search engine.