Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Push To Bring Change 2 Mind

I was watching flicking through channels last night and I stopped on a commercial that was halfway through, but struck such a resonant chord I had to stop and look to the internet to see it again. The organization is called Bring Change 2 Mind and it is pushing to removed the stigma of mental illnesses like Bipolar, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia and Depression.

View the largest of the pictures to see the PSA (Directed by none other than Ron Howard and also poignantly featuring Glenn Close and sister). I saw so many parallel to what many of us are trying to push about the stigmatic language often conveyed about the autism spectrum. When I read these T-shirts on the people in this spot, I realized in retrospect that I have a visceral reaction at the mention of many of these disorders, almost an abject FEAR of people of people with these disorders. With my comparatively new view of neurological disorders, I have slowly come to realize that my perspective has been tainted throughout the years by sensationalism, ignorance and the general atmosphere that mental issues are NEVER spoken of in society, unless you are in some inner circle.

Hopefully, organizations like Bring Change 2 Mind will drag the mental health issues into a bright light, where we can examine them with an objective eye...

1 comment:

VAB said...

Well said. These days I meet with people with all of those stigma inducing disorders every week. They are all people so similar to every other person that I wonder what the fuss was about. That is not to say that they do not have very real troubles. It just that having real troubles is always less important than just being a person.