Why it’s never ok to mock mental illness

We are all mental patients. Few of us enjoy perfect physical health all of the time, and the same is true of our mental health. One in four of us is suffering from mental-health problems — from mild depression to full-on paranoid schizophrenia. It’s all around us, every day. Why supermarket chains, Tesco and Asda, thought it was acceptable to sell ‘mental-patient’ Halloween costumes is baffling — would they sell, say, inflatable wheelchairs, or joke dialysis machines? Not likely — there would be outrage. We don’t mock physical problems, but it’s okay to laugh at mental illness? (Examiner) >


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