Another Twitter Mental Health Blunder…

Every so often someone with a big Twitter following, and some would say celebrity status and so authority, says something which is just down right questionable.

Today being one of those days, someone I followed shared this into my timeline commenting on their disappointment at the words…

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I will be honest, I had no idea who Rufus Hound was and a Google search has left me not much wiser! But, given I don’t really buy into celebrity culture this shouldn’t surprise anyone! According to his Wiki page he is a comedian and TV Presenter and, with over a million Twitter followers I’m guessing he is reasonably popular!

My initial reaction to this tweet, and I tweeted it myself, was “can someone give this guy a slap for stigma stirring.” I was infuriated that someone could make such a broad sweeping statement, and with the tone it is written implying that all those suffering with mental illness are dimwits.

Finding out he is a Comedian, makes me think there was supposed to be “Hah! This guy is Soooo funny!” In there when you read the tweet. Maybe some of his readers did that, some of the replies were positive.

The problem, is that this tweet implies those of us with serious mental health conditions need to be herded up, taken off the streets.

You may say I’m paranoid for thinking/feeling that way, but most of these illnesses come with that paranoia. Does that mean people in the public eye should feed it?

Shouldn’t those with a celebrity status be helping those of us in the cheap seats who are working hard to end stigma do that? Instead of making bloopers like this which could set us back?

I love anti-Deal or No Deal jokes, I’ve always hated the programme and used to baa my family for watching it! But I am the one with a mental illness not them, and for all my issues, I don’t need Noel Edmunds of all people looking after me, if I’m going on a game show it will be Countdown or Fifteen to One thank you!

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5 thoughts on “Another Twitter Mental Health Blunder…

      1. I’m sorry to hear that you have recieved abuse and harassment like that. I have experienced extremely high manias that have neede e.c.t to get me well. Mostly in the early days before I learned how to manage my illness. And returning home after that I did sometimes feel like the village idiot. And those times were hard and it hurt and was quite confronting.
        There is definitely an inappropriate stigma attached to mental illness.
        It is not right. It needs to change. I think it caused by things like generalizations, ignorance, and an overall lack of understanding. This needs to change. But I don’t take it personally anymore. Now that I have learned to manage my illneess well I live an active and contented life. I study, play sports and train regularly and swim nearly every day. I also volunteer for a mental health support service. I dont take the stigma personally because as a person with a mental illnees the ‘stigma’ is not my fault. Althoygh I do really feel for people that are living with more accute presentations of their illness and cop the worst of this as I did alot ten years ago. My way of trying to break down this problem is just to be proud of who I am and just be fine with it. For me I am quiet happy with normal open dialogue about my illness as many people with all kinds of different health problems are. A couple of guys at my swim club with heart problems, its no seccret. A student at my tafe college has MS, its no secret. And so on. I’m sure there are people I interract with every day with health problems that I don’t know about and thats fine to. It just is. I’m ok with it. And that is how I break the barriers in my own simple content little way. I expect people to just take me as they find me. I don’t act ashamed or embarrassed, that would definitely project that I felt it was a shameful or embarrassing thing. And if someone does seem to have a problem that’s ok, the changes in how in how mental ilness is viewed is a work in progress. When the people that you know in your life. Mates at sports clubs. Fellow students. The guy at the shop you always have a little chat with.
        Your neighbor down the road who pops up for a beer Saturday arvo for a yak. They know ‘you’. Generalizations aren’t personal. Own yourself as a person and fight generalization. Thats my war on stigma. It has changed some, it is changing nowhere and will keep changing. And for those some few there will be thats never get it; the stigma will be on them. Be strong my friend. Be proud. And own you. A heart full your way.

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        1. Would love to learn more about your experiences. As a person with a mood disorder. Sometimes for me it’s like shit, fuck and wow with the range and depth of my mind. I think we have cried more painful than a normal mind. Exilirated more thrillingly. Thought more deeply than a normal mind. Oh my god if minds were meant to be theme parks. Our bipolar minds have the most, the biggest, the scariest and best rides. And for better or worse, every beutiful, fucked up, scary ride in mine has a seen more than a few runs in my time. Yay!woops!oh!mmm…

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          1. I agree, my bipolar is only not managed because it’s been so hard for me to get the correct care and support here in the UK. Despite that I wouldn’t be without it, it’s so much a part of who I am and how I think and feel. As you say the depths are a mixed bag and we definitely seem to feel things much deeper than others. And it is very much like s really scary rollercoaster that has a mind of its own sometimes!

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