XFactor & mental health stigma
Rosalind, 2nd November 2014
This post is a ‘side note’ if you like, not one of my usual blog posts, more so a knee jerk reaction to the XFactor show of last night. The theme was ‘Fright Night’ in the spirit of Halloween (no pun intended).
There was a ‘shout out’ to all those who might be, even remotely, tapped into ‘reducing mental health stigma’, a shout out that whilst more than likely non intentional, was a low blow and sets the campaigning to reduce the stigma attached to mental ill health backwards somewhat.
The interesting thing here is that my husband, Carl, even though he has a wife (yours truly) who suffers with mental illness and has eight years experience of working within mental health services himself, did not ‘pick up’ on it. He said he felt unaffected by it. Upon him reflecting on his thoughts and what he had heard he realised it was because he had become ‘desensitized’, although he soon shifted his mind set when considering the impact this type of dialogue may have, broadcasted on the XFactor live show, here it is:
I just don’t know what it had anything to do with Halloween
Well it didn’t
What, what’s ‘crazy’ got to do with Halloween
Well it was ‘crazy’. We had a theme, if you didn’t notice, we had people in straight jackets, we had a theme, like, ‘crazy’
The above quotes are part of a dialogue, taken from a conversation that revolved around the XFactor judges deliberating on what one another’s song choices had to do with the theme of ‘Halloween’.
The ‘funny’ thing is that I had myself not even ‘picked up’ on the stigma already broadcasted earlier in the show. Two songs that were used to speak all things ‘Halloween’ were: ‘Crazy’ and ‘Mad World’!? What the hell (again, no pun intended) does that have to do with bloody Halloween?
CRAZY> MAD >STRAIGHT JACKETS = HALLOWEEN?
We can be desensitized to this type of stigma, it is interesting and sad.
Thank you to James, a fellow Tweeter who got right on it and sent a complaint to Ofcom regarding this negative publicity toward mental ill health.
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