I wasn’t planning on writing this post today. I wasn’t planning on doing much of anything today actually, just a few bits that have been on my to-do list for ages and I finally had some free time to cross them off.
However I just had to blog about this because I can’t believe it, after all these years we’ve finally done it- we’ve got a cure for Mental Illness! What is this wonder cure you might be asking?
It’s so simple I can’t believe its taken till now to find it…
…just go for a walk!
Okay so I’m being sarcastic (we really do need to invent a font for that!). In case you don’t know what’s prompted this and are currently thinking WTF, I’d better give a quick explanation!
Last night on Twitter there was the #TalkMH chat and things got a little heated. Some vile human being made the comment that: “people with mental health issues should just go for a walk and get a grip really? It’s not hard to cope with.”
Her justification for such an ignorant comment? “have you not seen Katie Hopkins saying depression is just people’s lazy excuses? It doesn’t exist.”
Yes because the woman who thought India wasn’t a real place should be listened to.
From that comment the #justgoforawalk hashtag was created and I recommend checking it out if you want to have a good laugh; some of the comments are very witty and so sarcastic! I’m actually really proud of the Mental Health community reacted to this and the response it got, you guys are awesome!
Now supposedly this was all just a wind up and a troll but I really couldn’t care less because the attitude is very much real! People still do not take mental health seriously and many of us find it difficult, if not impossible, to get the help, support and diagnosis we need; and don’t even get me started on the stigma that is still attached to the words Mental Health!
Someone who can say everything I want to and more (and in a much calmer and sensible way) is the awesome RichBiscuit. He made this video on the subject and manages to say everything I want to in a way that doesn’t involve a lot of very bad language!
I just want to add this point:
If someone has a broken leg they get lots of sympathy and aren’t expected to do things they wouldn’t be able to. However if someone has a mental health condition they’re told to just think positive, just cheer up, just go for a walk.
Okay then person with a broken leg- just walk on it! Just ignore the pain and the fact you’ll be causing yourself further and possibly permanent damage and just walk! It’s not difficult, everyone else walks, I don’t know why you’re making such a fuss over it! And anyway I don’t think you’ve really broken your leg, I think you’re just making it up for attention and to get out of things you don’t want to do.
Thats the kind of shit people with Mental Health have to put up with daily!
A twenty-four-year-old autistic writer and designer from Sheffield. Tattoo obsessed, animal lover, self confessed bookworm and eclectic witch.