The mentally ill constitute a people like any other group in society. This group is characterized by a disability, a disability of the mind. So how is it that there has been little protest on how the media portrays mental illness? If someone commits a heinous act most often it gets categorized as “mental illness.” Imagine if we did this publicly towards a group of people and we all ignored it, or even agreed with it. The facts are the majority of those with mental illness have never committed violent crimes. In fact, most people with violent histories have no history of or any current mental illness. Mental illness has become the modern day scapegoat by which society demoralizes a vulnerable and resilient population to label or explain away deviant and even irresponsible behavior.
I believe an apology is long overdue for the pervasive stereotyping of people with mental illness. Get the facts and stand up for what’s right!