It’s 2019, but to me it looks like we’re still trapped in the witchcraft medicine age. We’ve been shouting “End the stigma,” and yet the stigma never ends. This time, I really want to call out all of you, all of us, who still stereotypes, stigmatizes, and looks funnily at people with mental disorder. I only want to say: we’re all humans. Aren’t you?
I’d sound like a broken record if I wrote yet another mental illness awareness-related writing, but the truth is, we still need one. Why is it so hard for people to empathize? Why is it so hard for them to just stop for a while and listen to someone else’s story? Why is it so hard for them to just be human and try to understand another human, for the sake of humanity?
Do I really need to repeat myself and tell you again that there is no clear basis on whatever the so-called today’s “normalcy” is, and that there is no harm in looking at mental illness as physical illness? We don’t stigmatize diabetes, so why do we stigmatize depression? Diabetic people lack insulin, while depressed people lack serotonin. Why should the society treat them differently?
Do I really need to tell you again that mental illness is a disorder of the brain, and that the brain is an organ, a real organ, much like any other organs in your body?
Do I really need to tell you again that saying “It’s all in your head” to someone with mental illness is as pointless as saying “It’s all in your lungs” to an asthmatic person?
Do I really need to tell you again that if you lock up people with schizophrenia, you’re only making it worse?
Do I really need to tell you again that suicidal and manic episodes are no laughing matter?
#EndTheStigma. #EndTheStigma. #EndTheStigma.
And most importantly, please be human.
Or if you can’t, please just respect your fellow humans.