Media https://staging.mhanational.org/ en A Show Worth Watching ‘One Day At A Time’ https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/show-worth-watching-one-day-time <span>A Show Worth Watching ‘One Day At A Time’</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:39</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By America Paredes, MHA Associate Vice President of Partnerships and Community Outreach</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/odaat.jpg" style="width:100%"><br><br /> <span style="font-size:8px">Photo courtesy of Netflix</span></em></p> <p>At Mental Health America (MHA), we’ve explored the larger connection between media and mental health in the past - how some shows and movies can perpetuate the misinformation about mental illness, and how others are getting it right by talking about mental health and substance use in real and substantive ways. Most recently I’ve been thinking about television and the impact that this medium can have on conversations.</p> <p>For example, with the most recent season of the Netflix show <a href="https://www.netflix.com/title/80095532"><em>One Day At A Time</em></a> (3rd season just dropped BTW), the connection between television and conversation can be groundbreaking. Especially if you consider how something that brings you laughter and joy can also help you learn about yourself and your family.</p> <p>In the case of the Alvarez family and many Latinx families out there, there are many topics they take on that continue to be considered “taboo,” or off-limits off screen, including: discussions about depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicide, substance use, and gender identity. But the distinct difference between the Alvarez family and all of us, rests in the idea that the world created by the Alvarez family is a safe one.</p> <p>Not every family is able to tackle these difficult topics in the way that the Alvarez family does, but the Alvarez family is showing the rest of us that <em><strong>it is possible.</strong></em> The show is slowly opening doors and opportunities for conversation that haven’t really been seen before on television, especially in a thoughtful and meaningful way within the Latinx communities.</p> <p>Through the characters of Lydia, Penelope, Elena, Alex, Schneider and others, we see the differences that exist between generations, cultures, and schools of thought, like so many of the Latinx families that are part of our communities.</p> <p>But what connects all of these differences and is evident in the show -- the foundation that creating a safe space for conversation is critical. Topics like mental health and mental illness, substance use, and gender identity need to be talked about. And the show tackles each of these issues with sensitivity and a hefty dose of reality.</p> <p>It’s up to each one of us to create safe spaces where these conversations can occur. If <em>One Day At A Time</em> can help to open a door between you and a loved one who may not truly understand your experience, it’s definitely doing a great job.</p> <p><em>If you feel you aren’t in a safe space to share, MHA can help you find others out there. There are many of us who are willing to listen and are here to help. Find support at <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net">www.mentalhealthamerica.net</a></em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/media" hreflang="en">Media</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1897&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="YzT1a87N6eY7WF2OpsOf87M7FnF9mcJg78pchpNIrGY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:39:41 +0000 JCheang 1897 at https://staging.mhanational.org https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/show-worth-watching-one-day-time#comments How a Video Game Could Change the Way We Think About Mental Health https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/how-video-game-could-change-way-we-think-about-mental-health <span>How a Video Game Could Change the Way We Think About Mental Health</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/jcheang" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">JCheang</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:40</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p style="text-align: left;"><em>By Jennifer Cheang, MHA National Digital Marketing Manager, and Sachin Doshi, MHA National Director of Development</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/wide_Hellblade_PhotoMode_04-1024x576.png" style="width: 600px; height: 338px;"><br><br /> <span style="font-size:8px;">Photo Credit: Ninja Theory</span></p> <p><em>Warning: Some major plot spoilers below, as well as sensitive content.</em></p> <p>Video games are growing exponentially as a form of mass media. <a href="http://www.theesa.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/ESA-Essential-Facts-2015.pdf" target="_blank">An estimated 42 million Americans played video games for more than three hours per week</a> in 2015. In fact, <a href="http://www.laikanetwork.com/blog/the-6-most-popular-types-of-youtube-videos" target="_blank">Let’s Play videos are some of the most popular types of videos on YouTube</a>.</p> <p>Not only are gaming communities growing, the technologies used to produce video games are increasingly allowing developers to weave intricate storytelling and lifelike visuals into their puzzle and combat mechanics. While not everyone plays video games, the medium has grown so significantly that no one can dismiss gaming anymore as the hobby of a niche group of people.</p> <p>Video games have the potential to become powerful tools that can be used to change the way we think about mental health. Games present an experience like no other – the player is forced into a reality that is not their own and must interact with the environment to progress through the character’s story.</p> <p>Over the weekend, we played a recently released game that has gained a significant amount of critical acclaim for its depiction of a woman who lives with psychosis: <em>Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice</em>.</p> <p>Before the game was released, it quietly gained recognition for a plot that centered around the experience of psychosis, putting the developers, <a href="http://www.ninjatheory.com/wp/" target="_blank">Ninja Theory</a>, in an incredibly precarious position for an industry that often uses mental illness as a plot device or cheap thrill.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/psychosis" target="_blank">Psychosis</a> is a general term used to describe a set of symptoms of mental illnesses that result in strange or bizarre thinking, perceptions (sight, sound), behaviors, and emotions. Psychosis is a brain-based condition that is made better or worse by environmental factors - like drug use and stress. Psychosis can also be notoriously hard to convey to those who have not experienced it.</p> <p>Conditions that have psychosis as a main symptom are referred to as psychotic disorders; however, psychosis may also occur as a feature of other disorders like bipolar or major depression. You can read more about psychosis <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/psychosis" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>So, does <em>Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice</em> get it right? We think so. Here are our 5 main takeaways:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Video games transport you to a world like no other.<em> </em></strong><em>Hellblade </em>completely transports you into a new reality using auditory, visual, and even tactile effects, and that experience may be a transformative way to educate others on the experience of mental illness.</li> <li><strong>The developers do not attempt to “fix” Senua’s psychosis.</strong> This reinforces that idea that recovery is not a straight path forward, and that Senua’s condition is not something that can be fixed with a simple solution, but rather something that she has learned to live with.</li> <li><strong>Vulnerability is not synonymous with a lack of strength. </strong>It is clear that Senua is struggling, but her strength comes from her determination to push through her crisis and survive.</li> <li><strong>Though the game contains a fair bit of combat, Senua is never presented as a violent individual.</strong> This important characterization is backed by research that states that the <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/positions/violence" target="_blank">majority of individuals with mental health conditions are not violent</a>. In fact, people with severe mental illnesses are over <a href="https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/myths-facts/index.html" target="_blank">10 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than the general population</a>.</li> <li><strong>Senua’s experience is never questioned or invalidated.</strong> Whether or not the events in the story took place in objective reality does not matter. These events, actions, and characters are incredibly, vividly real to Senua and cause her significant harm. What matters in the game is how you choose to live with them. Whatever reality you are thrown into, it is Senua’s reality and you must accept that in order to progress.</li> </ol> <p>We were a bit anxious to play the game at first <a href="http://kotaku.com/nobody-wins-when-horror-games-stigmatize-mental-illness-912462538" target="_blank">given the troublesome history of depictions of mental health conditions in games</a>. We expected to take offense at the way they would portray an individual living with psychosis as dangerous given the necessity for combat, but in the end,our biggest issues were fairly minor gameplay complaints.</p> <p>We were pleasantly surprised at not only the quality of the experience but the ways that it dispels commonly held beliefs about psychosis and those who live with it. The game also provides ample trigger warnings prior to the start of the game as well as <a href="http://hellbladehelp.info" target="_blank">a mental health resource hub</a> before the game starts and after finishing.</p> <p>Video games are a powerful instrument for influencing the way we perceive mental health. But with that power comes questions about the roles and responsibilities of video game developers as they craft their narratives.</p> <p>Standards, however unspoken, exist in traditional media – film, journalism, TV, and more – around respectfully and accurately addressing mental health issues.</p> <p>It’s time to restart a conversation around establishing the same standards in video games.</p> <p>Developers such as Ninja Theory and others are to be commended for their efforts in this arena, and we hope to see more studios take note.</p> <hr> <p>If you’d like to learn more about how the developers consulted with mental health professionals as well as peers with lived experience to inform the development, check out this teaser of their documentary featurette which can be found in full if you purchase the game:</p> <p><iframe align="middle" allowfullscreen="" class="video" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Meo0nK6u3OI" style="width: 100%; height: 320px" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice<em>&nbsp;is available on PS4 and PC. Though we highly recommend playing Hellblade for its portrayal of psychosis, it is not a game that would be easily understood by those unfamiliar with how video games work. It also deals with dark themes of violence and abuse and depictions of gore which may be triggering for some.</em></p> <p><em>If you’re struggling with psychosis, visit our <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/conditions/finding-help-when-get-it-and-where-go" target="_blank">Finding Help</a> page, or use our <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/b4stage4-where-get-help-0" target="_blank">Where to Get Help Interactive Tool</a> to find the best treatment options for you.</em></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><em>If you are in crisis, please seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text MHA to 741-741 to reach a trained crisis counselor, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.</em></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/media" hreflang="en">Media</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/messaging" hreflang="en">messaging</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mental-health-portrayal" hreflang="en">mental health portrayal</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/video-games" hreflang="en">video games</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/psychosis" hreflang="en">psychosis</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-109225" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503016670"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><a rel="nofollow" href="https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-revisited/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gayle Ayres (not verified)</a></p> <p class="comment__time">Thu, 08/17/2017 - 20:37</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/109225#comment-109225" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/109225#comment-109225" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Contributing our Experience</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Thank you for this article. I am a parent/caregiver who contributed our experience to this game over the past two years. I have chronicled the experience on my blog. Thank you for the thoughtful review. Tameem Antoniades and his team were genuinely invested in presenting psychosis thoughtfully. <a href="https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-revisited/">https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-revisited/</a> I can't say enough about how much effort they put into the process of portraying Senua's psychosis...a remarkable group of people.<br /> Again, thank you for the thoughtful post.<br /> With Gratitude, Gayle Ayres<br /> I also wanted to thank you for your support in 2015 while addressing children's mental patient costumes <a href="https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/mental-health-america-petitiongone-mental-costume/">https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/2015/09/23/mental-health-america-petitiongone-mental-costume/</a> . We continue to make slow and steady progress.</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=109225&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="G3mA-GwkhrC9YALFQsuPb98i05SoZ24xcaLv0KcVfxc"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-109231" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1503698547"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><a rel="nofollow" href="https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gayle Ayres (not verified)</a></p> <p class="comment__time">Fri, 08/25/2017 - 18:02</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/109231#comment-109231" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/109225#comment-109225" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Contributing our Experience</a> by <a rel="nofollow" href="https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-revisited/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Gayle Ayres (not verified)</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/109231#comment-109231" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Hellblade/Senua&#039;s Sacrifice</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I wanted to share this wonderful review beautifully written by a fellow blogger.<br /> <a href="https://johnswritersblock.com/2017/08/09/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-to-mental-health/">https://johnswritersblock.com/2017/08/09/hellblade-senuas-sacrifice-to-mental-health/</a></p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=109231&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="cPGYyQ6DtGeY2FtOfS-1Kj2x8YBjRVzwAKsiw3tYuug"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> </div> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-109383" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1521394817"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.2onlinegames.com/" lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">???? ?????? (not verified)</a></p> <p class="comment__time">Sun, 03/18/2018 - 13:40</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/109383#comment-109383" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/109383#comment-109383" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">thank you for your helpful</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>thank you for your helpful post , that is very nice.</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=109383&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="EahQZo1HG6IcNHjomI_Fye5kVybSdRmKhVAZZTSV0YA"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1558&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="Nt7Qs7xJ1yJ7tGfnWJ8Olmh9TxwYwac0OQEwYwMTzT4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:40:00 +0000 JCheang 1558 at https://staging.mhanational.org https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/how-video-game-could-change-way-we-think-about-mental-health#comments Tell Retailers: “Gone Mental” Halloween Costumes are Offensive and Stigmatizing https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/tell-retailers-gone-mental-halloween-costumes-are-offensive-and-stigmatizing <span>Tell Retailers: “Gone Mental” Halloween Costumes are Offensive and Stigmatizing</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/cdillon" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CDillon</span></span> <span>Tue, 09/22/2015 - 11:04</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Casey Dillon, Advocacy Associate</em></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Halloween costumes are meant to be scary or funny, but costumes such as “Gone Mental” that caricature individuals in psychiatric hospitals are neither. They are offensive and harmful.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Individuals living with mental health conditions are not costume characters. Mental health conditions do not make someone a serial killer, covered in blood and dirt with ripped clothing. Costumes like “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gone-Mental-Kids-Costume-Large/dp/B00UTULWH6">Gone Mental</a>,” “Happy Hill Asylum,” and “Psycho Ward” contribute only to stereotypes and misunderstandings that all individuals living with mental health conditions are violent and scary.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="&quot;Gone Mental&quot; Boys Costume at Costume Express" src="/sites/default/files/gone%20mental%20costume%20express.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 400px;"><br><br /> <span style="font-size:10px;"><em>"Gone Mental" Boys Costume at Costume Express</em></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">In fact, people living with mental health conditions are <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4318286/">more likely than those without to be the <em>victims</em></a> of violent crime than the perpetrators.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Psychiatric hospitals are not haunted houses. Though imperfect, they are places where individuals go for treatment (and wear their everyday clothes, not torn and bloody outfits or straitjackets).</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">One in five adults in the United States will have a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year, and 50 percent of Americans will meet the criteria for a diagnosable mental health condition sometime in their life. Unfortunately, these conditions often go untreated until a crisis stage because people are afraid of being associated with negative stereotypes. Consequently, people do not get early care and are often at higher risk for having more serious detrimental health effects – even dying 25 years earlier than individuals without mental health conditions.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">So it’s time to stop perpetuating the myth that those with a mental illness are dangerous and scary. Not only are these Halloween costumes themselves misleading and harmful, but the names and labels associated with them are stigmatizing. The video below, from <a href="http://mhafc.org">Mental Health America of Franklin County</a>, demonstrates the impact of labels like “psycho,” “insane,” and “lunatic.”&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" scrolling="no" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/E8lhx1j5hEM" style="width: 100%; height: 315px" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Costumes such as “Gone Mental” serve only to perpetuate stigma and discrimination against people living with mental illness. This means that individuals are often afraid to get help until they are in a crisis stage – <a href="http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/b4stage4">until they reach Stage 4</a>.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Spirit Halloween has already graciously removed “Gone Mental” children’s costumes from their inventory thanks to grassroots advocacy led by <a href="https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com/2015/09/17/spirit-halloween/">Gayle Ayres</a>.</span></span></p> <p><a href="http://chn.ge/1LJ5m7v"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>It’s time we ask other companies to follow suit and remove these offensive and harmful costumes from their inventories. </strong></span></span></a></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">People with mental health conditions are people, not costumes or jokes. They are our mothers, our fathers, our siblings, and our children. It’s time we stand up and speak out for dignity and respect.</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://chn.ge/1LJ5m7v">Sign the petition</a> or contact retailers directly using the information below:</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Amazon.com</strong><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Help &amp; Customer Service<br><br /> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=201331410&amp;qid=1442414095&amp;sr=1-1">www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-1?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=201331410&amp;qid=1442414095&amp;sr=1-1</a></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Costume Express</strong><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">c/o BuySeasons, Inc.</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">5915 S. Moorland Rd.</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">New Berlin, WI 53151</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">1-800-695-9668</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><a href="http://www.costumeexpress.com/info/12">http://www.costumeexpress.com/info/12</a> (must access email through their website)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Costume Super Center</strong><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">45 Fernwood Ave.</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Edison, NJ 08837</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">1-605-274-0264</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><a href="http://support.costumesupercenter.com/">http://support.costumesupercenter.com/</a> (must access email through their website)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>Halloween Adventure</strong><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">402 Main Street, Suite 100-192</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Metuchen, NJ 08840</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">1-605-271-5377</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><a href="http://support.halloweenadventure.com/">http://support.halloweenadventure.com/</a> (must access email through their website)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong>HalloweenCostumes.Com</strong><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">2080 Lookout Drive</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">North Mankato, MN 56003</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">1-507-386-8388</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><a href="http://www.halloweencostumes.com/boys-gone-mental-costume.html">http://www.halloweencostumes.com/boys-gone-mental-costume.html</a> (chat option available at top of page)</span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Party City Corporation</span></strong><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Suite 1</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">25 Green Pond Road</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">Rockaway, NJ 07866</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;">(800) 727-8924</span><br><br /> <span style="line-height: 1.6em;"><a href="http://www.partycity.com/category/customer+service/contact+us.do">http://www.partycity.com/category/customer+service/contact+us.do</a> (must access email through their website)</span></span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><em>Mental Health America would like to thank <a href="https://outofagreatneed.wordpress.com">Gayle Ayres</a> for bringing “Gone Mental” costumes to our attention and for researching the above contact information.&nbsp;</em></span></span></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/petition" hreflang="en">petition</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/media" hreflang="en">Media</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-107795" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1443018727"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Laurie Reynolds (not verified)</span></p> <p class="comment__time">Wed, 09/23/2015 - 10:32</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/107795#comment-107795" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/107795#comment-107795" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Stop stigmatizing us!</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We are people with illness.. not psychos!</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=107795&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="ZGd5zII5ZwY1ft4cwHYAXcL_r-RUu5xBi99FQsdYT_o"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-109151" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1493890880"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Aqua Solution (not verified)</span></p> <p class="comment__time">Thu, 05/04/2017 - 05:41</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/109151#comment-109151" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/109151#comment-109151" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Stop the Blame and Shame</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As mental health advocates we need to understand that mentally disabled is not a label or a placard which needs to be applied to a person. we need to understand the importance of delicate behavior.</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=109151&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="EQM5Gxwobtb-mrxsZgdfqdshiNRpW9SfuytQB64mDWY"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=1033&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="_uC4in8Jnun5uBG1SqRivHj-QVfxD_EGFlBNvXraVLY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 22 Sep 2015 15:04:43 +0000 CDillon 1033 at https://staging.mhanational.org https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/tell-retailers-gone-mental-halloween-costumes-are-offensive-and-stigmatizing#comments What Makes Someone Worthy of Help? https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/what-makes-someone-worthy-help <span>What Makes Someone Worthy of Help?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/cdillon" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">CDillon</span></span> <span>Tue, 07/21/2015 - 12:31</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Kelly Davis, MHA Policy and Programming Associate</em></p> <p>After reading <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/the-homeless-man-who-graduated-from-harvard-law-school-with-chief-justice-john-roberts/2015/07/13/63257b5c-20ca-11e5-bf41-c23f5d3face1_story.html">this Washington Post article about Alfred Postell</a>, the Harvard Law graduate experiencing homelessness and diagnosed with schizophrenia, I was overwhelmed with frustration. While this man is important and deserves access to services, the story brings up important questions to ask in our mainstream discussion of mental health. The glaring stereotypes and what the article says about how we view certain populations in our society are worth discussing.</p> <p>It appears that people are shocked specifically because this man is educated, but mental health disorders are prevalent throughout all groups in our society. While there are social determinants that no doubt increase an individual’s vulnerability that need to be addressed on a systemic level, receiving an education, even one from an esteemed school like Harvard, does not protect you from developing symptoms of mental health disorders. The opposite is true as well. Having a mental health disorder does not make you unintelligent or unable to achieve academic success.</p> <p>Another point worth noting is what is not said in this article. A <a href="http://www.mwcog.org/uploads/pub-documents/v15bWlk20150514094353.pdf">publication by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments</a> indicated that as of January 2015, 11,623 people in the District of Columbia identified as experiencing homelessness. We know that a disproportionately large percent of the homeless population is exposed to trauma and has a diagnosable mental health disorder. Why are we not as outraged about the experiences of each of these individuals? What makes someone worthy of help or interest?</p> <p>When issues on mental health and social justice are brought into the mainstream, it is important to be critical of how we discuss them. While I appreciate that the Washington Post article is highlighting the troubles faced by one man, I wonder if it reflects misguided stereotypes about what it takes to be deemed worthy of help or interest in our culture. We should provide Alfred Postell with the full spectrum of supports and services he wants and needs, just as we should help all others regardless of education level.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/media" hreflang="en">Media</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/news-0" hreflang="en">News</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/schizophrenia" hreflang="en">schizophrenia</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/homelessness" hreflang="en">homelessness</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/social-justice" hreflang="en">social justice</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-107617" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1437521376"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Barbara (not verified)</span></p> <p class="comment__time">Tue, 07/21/2015 - 19:29</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/107617#comment-107617" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/107617#comment-107617" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Mental Health Stigmas etc.</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Where are people's compassion, love, care, concern and commitment? Does in sickness and health not mean any sickness? The critics should beware, it may well happen to you or your loved yet--grandchildren etc. Never say it will never happen to you. Look at the people who thought they were smug in their jobs and at 55 out of work with nothing to live on. MENTAL ILLNESS WASN'T A CHOICE--IT HAPPENS! Who chooses Alzheimer's or cancer.</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=107617&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="MVqcSzy_k_I9zWbEoLFX2wi_gdEqcJsa4vlEVWzpL24"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> <div class="indented"> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-107636" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1438099839"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Veronica Vale (not verified)</span></p> <p class="comment__time">Tue, 07/28/2015 - 12:10</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/107636#comment-107636" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> <p class="visually-hidden">In reply to <a href="/comment/107617#comment-107617" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Mental Health Stigmas etc.</a> by <span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Barbara (not verified)</span></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/107636#comment-107636" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">Mental health should be everyones conceern</a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Well said, Barbara. Also, just because a person is intellegent and/or educated should not mean that they can necessarily get better faster than most. This is a bias that even providers have!</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=107636&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="CyFQ1UbnmEeTUVd36Fy39JT9xo07633PexuRCWeASBo"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> </div> <article role="article" data-comment-user-id="0" id="comment-107689" class="comment-wrapper comment js-comment by-anonymous clearfix"> <span class="hidden" data-comment-timestamp="1440174423"></span> <footer class="comment__meta"> <article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/0"> </article> <p class="comment__author"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">KJ (not verified)</span></p> <p class="comment__time">Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:06</p> <p class="comment__permalink"><a href="/comment/107689#comment-107689" hreflang="und">Permalink</a></p> </footer> <div class="comment__content"> <h3><a href="/comment/107689#comment-107689" class="permalink" rel="bookmark" hreflang="und">I am intelligent, mentally ill, and refused services constantly </a></h3> <div class="field field--name-comment-body field--type-text-long field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I am intelligent, high IQ, with a graduate degree in molecular biology. I have severe and complex PTSD because of multiple traumas. I need in-home care. I live in Nebraska, and have been stalemated at every turn for the last 4 years. I cannot leave my home, nor do I function well inside my home due to constant flashbacks. Yet because I am such an articulate and intelligent individual, and also my own best advocate, I keep being told "you don't qualify for services." The benefit management company, Magellan, keeps telling me "there's no reason you don't qualify, go get an assessment, and have the agency submit it." So I go get an assessment, but because I don't have what the state of Nebraska considers an SPMI diagnosis, (and there are only 5 diagnoses the state accepts as severe - yes, only five), the agencies won't even submit the bill, and tell me "sorry, you don't have the right diagnosis to get in-home services."</p> <p>So for the last 4 years I have been ping pong balled back and forth between the benefit management company and the agencies. I tried to even get admitted as an inpatient, but I was turned away, because unless you are suicidal or a danger to others, Nebraska won't allow inpatient services. So, I remain in my home with no help, and no access to help. </p> <p>I found a study on this website that stated Nebraska was in the top 3 states for recidivism, and that the numbers of mentally ill clients are low. I laugh at this study, because as a scientist I will state that it did not accurately measure what it hoped to measure. You state that Nebraska has a low number of mentally ill clients, but that is specious at best. I will tell you why Nebraska came out as having a low mentally ill population...it is because Nebraska will only consider the minute few as mentally ill. </p> <p>You also state that Nebraska's mentally ill don't return back, so you assessed that the state's recidivism rate is also low. Wrong again, as the mentally ill don't go back for services, because the hospitals won't allow them back unless their situation has plummeted to such an extreme they are now a danger to themselves or others. This study went from researching "A" to concluding "Z," but skipped "B" though "Y." And "B" through "Y" are all the confounding variables you didn't assess, which are the real reasons for finding "Z." </p> <p>What you failed to ascertain in this study were the REASONS why people don't go back, and the REASONS why Nebraska appears to have such a low mentally ill population. Why they don't go back certainly isn't because they got well, or because Nebraska has some great mental health system. Nope...it's because Nebraska refuses them, and won't diagnose them as mentally ill. Nebraska stalemates the mentally ill, and sooner or later, they just get tired of trying. </p> <p>Point blank, your study measured nothing. Nebraska needs to either change its benefit management company, or educate their facilities on what mental illness actually is, and that there are more than just FIVE diagnoses that can be considered as SPMI. </p> <p>That study really made worse the already dim situation of the mentally ill in Nebraska, as it was a false positive, and now it will be even harder for the mentally ill in Nebraska to be diagnosed. Nebraska is flying high with arrogance now, when they really should be ashamed of themselves.</p> </div> <nav><drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderLinks" arguments="0=107689&amp;1=default&amp;2=und&amp;3=" token="GtPSYMmUrip-eDyk9LFK0-fLFnkJWkJVz5tBo8Lw9-k"></drupal-render-placeholder></nav> </div> </article> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=973&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="H2n3C9UPWYusl-dCEvhmIeXQHZ8Xq33rAKMHQeVPH6U"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 16:31:54 +0000 CDillon 973 at https://staging.mhanational.org In the Aftermath of the Marysville Shooting https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/aftermath-marysville-shooting <span>In the Aftermath of the Marysville Shooting</span> <span><span lang="" about="/users/mha-admin" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">MHA Admin</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/27/2014 - 11:47</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>By Paul Gionfriddo, President/CEO</em></p> <p>I was sitting at my desk when the news broke on Friday afternoon that a fifteen year old student at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington had opened fire in the school cafeteria, killing at least one other student before taking his own life as well.</p> <p>Another fourteen year old died over the weekend, bringing the death toll to three – all young teenagers.</p> <p>It is hard to know what to make of these kinds of tragedies, because we don’t really understand them. The shooter, Jaylen Fryberg, was said to be popular and well-liked. The victims – two of whom remain in critical condition – were his family and friends. Some form of bullying may have been involved, but no one had any reason to believe that when he walked into school on Friday he intended anyone harm.</p> <p>In recent years, shootings – whether or not they are related to a mental illness in the shooter (and most frequently they are not) – have shone a bright light on how poorly we handle mental health concerns in our country.</p> <p>Half of all mental illnesses manifest by the age of fourteen – roughly the age of Jaylen Fryberg and his friends on the day that they died. And yet, it typically takes ten years from the time symptoms first manifest to the time we get an accurate diagnosis and treatment.</p> <p>Suppose for the moment – and we do not know this today – that Jaylen Fryberg’s actions were the result of an undiagnosed mental health concern. Were there other signs of such a concern present in the days, weeks, and years leading up to the Friday he died?&nbsp;</p> <p>In hindsight, some people think so. A week before he died, he wrote on Twitter that “I know it seems like I‘m sweating it off, but I’m not. And I won’t ever be able to.”</p> <p>It’s hard to say what that implies, but it hints that there’s really only one course of action to prevent tragedies like this one – early identification and early intervention before crises occur.</p> <p>At Mental Health America, we believe strongly that we need to intervene long before people die as a result of their mental health condition or someone else’s. We need to think of mental health concerns in the same way we do other chronic conditions. We need to screen early and often and – when we detect concerns – we need to stop waiting until they reach Stage 4 to do something about them.</p> <p>Our screening tools – at <a href="http://www.mhascreening.org/">www.mhascreening.org</a> – are available online to anyone who is concerned about whether they, a family member, or a friend has a mental health problem. More than 150,000 screenings have been completed since the beginning of May, and a thousand more are completed every day.</p> <p>There are things we can do to prevent both crises and tragedies related to mental illnesses and to promote recovery&nbsp; – and we think that both state and federal legislators ought to start paying a lot more attention to these, and less attention to what we do to or with people after they reach the late stages of a disease process.</p> <p>Because by then, it is often too late to make much of a difference.</p> <p>This week, the children and young adults of Marysville are starting down a new path, leading lives that will be affected by the trauma they all experienced last Friday. So the question we must ask ourselves is this: Will we act on their behalf today, or will we wait ten years, until some of them are in crisis, before we do?</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/media" hreflang="en">Media</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/news-0" hreflang="en">News</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/trauma" hreflang="en">Trauma</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/violence" hreflang="en">Violence</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=816&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="9St8fHrQfUjAcS1RDiZZs_jarFevu4B3PA9p2b1GQE0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:47:19 +0000 MHA Admin 816 at https://staging.mhanational.org Mind Over Pop Culture: Prozac Nation https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/mind-over-pop-culture-prozac-nation <span>Mind Over Pop Culture: Prozac Nation</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 08/23/2013 - 11:37</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><p><xml><br /> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings><br /> <o:AllowPNG ></o:AllowPNG><br /> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings><br /> </xml><![endif]--></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><p><xml><br /> <w:WordDocument><br /> <w:View>Normal</w:View><br /> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom><br /> <w:TrackMoves ></w:TrackMoves><br /> <w:TrackFormatting ></w:TrackFormatting><br /> <w:PunctuationKerning ></w:PunctuationKerning><br /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas ></w:ValidateAgainstSchemas><br /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid><br /> 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mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";} </style><p><![endif]-->Prozac Nation is a movie that’s been on my Netflix Queue for a long time. It’s been one of<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>those movies that keeps getting pushed down when something more interesting comes up, with the reasoning that I’ll get to it eventually. I wish I hadn’t gotten to it. It’s one of the more infuriating movies I’ve seen in a long time, and that’s not a good thing.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Prozac Nation is based on Elizabeth Wertzel’s book of the same name, about her mental health breakdown during her first year at Harvard. An award-winning columnist and journalist by the time she got to Harvard, she was expected to be a major star in the music journalism field. Instead, she was overwhelmed by the symptoms of her bipolar disorder, leading to alienating friends, suicide attempts and eventual hospitalization. She repeatedly made terrible decisions about her life before reaching rock bottom. She eventually became healthier and wrote Prozac Nation.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The movie stars Christine Ricci as Wertzel with great gusto, but boy is her character a terrible person. Because it’s in the first person narrative, it can be difficult to tell where her symptoms end and her just being a jerk comes into play, but Elizabeth is really a terrible person. She’s entitled, mean, rude and just generally insufferable. She tells her roommate, played by Michelle Williams, that only she understands true love, despite breaking up Williams’ relationship with her fiancé. When Williams’ tries to argue, Wertzel shuts her down by saying “you only understand sex, and you only ever will.” At another point, she surprises her boyfriend by showing up at his house in Arizona despite his telling directly not to come, and is angry when he’s not happy to see her. She learns that he’s helping take care of his disabled sister, and she accuses him of getting off sexually on it. It’s a hard scene to take since he’s been nothing but supportive of her, despite her being terrible to him.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The biggest problem with the movie is that it presents all of this behavior as part of her illness, and assumes that the audience will eventually be sympathetic to her. Instead of helping separate what behaviors are caused by the illness (her repeated scribblings that she insists are a column and her hard drug use), all of her heinous behavior is waved off like she had no control over any of it. She refuses treatment for much of the movie, and then complains that she has no control. She has fractured relationships with both parents, but at no time is the fact that having a bad relationship with her parents didn’t give her bipolar disorder. In fact, the movie basically says that it did.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The movie is hard to watch because Wertzel is such a hard character. Every person in the movie either enables her or leaves. The movie is presented as the lessons she learned as after the fact, but there’s no indication she learned anything except don’t get caught. In addition, the movie is sure it's saying something deep, especially when it gets into the fact that her doctor is her dealer and “we live in a Prozac nation,” but it isn’t. It doesn’t have anything else to add to the discussion of mental health in America. It's another story of an upper class white person dealing with their issues with their parents. The only interesting issue that comes up is the problems paying for her treatment.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">I’m sorry if I sound a bit bitter about it, but I’ve seen a lot of movies like this. There are huge issues in the mental health field, and there aren’t a lot of movies addressing them. Instead, we get another horrible person complaining about taking pills, or teaching society what they learned about “being crazy.”</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Stay away from this one, trust me. Next week, we’ll finally take a look at A Dangerous Method, and see if the beginnings of psychoanalysis has more to say about mental health. Have you seen Prozac Nation? Was I being too hard on it?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mind-over-pop-culture" hreflang="en">Mind Over Pop Culture</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/movies" hreflang="en">Movies</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/media" hreflang="en">Media</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=386&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="Zw6VEBGEImE8-l5UlnJXYcYAGqy9D1sIyiWkiPA9Wg4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:37:10 +0000 Anonymous 386 at https://staging.mhanational.org https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/mind-over-pop-culture-prozac-nation#comments Mind Over Pop Culture: Perception https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/mind-over-pop-culture-perception <span>Mind Over Pop Culture: Perception</span> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/18/2013 - 15:34</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><em>Perception</em>, the TNT television show, has an interesting hook. The main character, Dr. Daniel Pierce, is a neuroscientist who assists the FBI with cases. He also has paranoid schizophrenia. Instead of making him an empty shell of nervous tics, the show makes Dr. Pierce a fully formed person.</p> <p>Entering its second season, Perception focuses on Dr. Pierce, played wonderfully by Eric McCormack, and Agent Kate Moretti, played by Rachel Leigh Cook. She’s a former student of his who brings him in to help with cases. Together, they solve crime and try to understand the brain. Dr. Oliver Sacks, the world renowned author and neuroscientist, is an advisor on the show, which helps with the accuracy of science and with the portrayal of brain disorders of all kinds.</p> <p>The show sets itself apart from other basic cable crime shows by trying to depict what it would be like to solve crimes when you have schizophrenia. They do a decent job. One recurring theme of the show is a person from the case, often the victim, will appear as a delusion to Daniel, and help him solve the case. It’s a story technique that works better than it should because the actors playing delusions play them like regular characters. Often, neuroscience helps solve the crime, as does Daniel’s unique thinking patterns. We see Daniel as a renowned scientist and professor, who is respected by his peers. Even when he’s in crisis, they are supportive of him and his condition. He takes care of himself, even though he has an assistant who lives with him. We even see him going on dates, which is pretty groundbreaking for a character with schizophrenia.</p> <p>The portrayal of schizophrenia isn’t perfect, though. Daniel veers close to one of the annoying stereotypes of characters with mental health conditions, the superhero. Usually, if a show wants to highlight that a person with a mental health condition isn’t like the others with mental health conditions, that character is shown as a virtuous superhero, able to makes leaps of logic that solve cases and help the hero learn about himself. Daniel doesn’t fit that description completely, but he certainly has traits of it. He’s never wrong. His neuroscience always solves the cases, not the police work. No one is concerned that his best friend is a hallucination, which is another problem. His hallucinations are perfect for TV, but not realistic. They only happen at convenient times and aren’t generally scary or angry. The characters just tell Daniel what he needs to know.</p> <p>I like <em>Perception</em>, and if you like crime shows, I think you will too. I like to believe that characters like Daniel are a stepping stone to better, more accurate portrayals of people with schizophrenia. This character is a far cry from the way the disease is often portrayed, and I still think any progress is good progress. I’m hoping a show like this leads to shows like Breaking Bad or Mad Men focusing on a person with a mental health condition. Daniel’s a step towards portraying people with mental health conditions as fully rounded people, and helping a new generation see them that way, as complete people with an illness.</p> <p>Next week, we’ll take a look at the flip of schizophrenia in movies with The Caveman’s Valentine. Do you watch <em>Perception</em>? What do you think?</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/mind-over-pop-culture" hreflang="en">Mind Over Pop Culture</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/media" hreflang="en">Media</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/tags/television" hreflang="en">Television</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=392&amp;2=comment_node_blog_post&amp;3=comment_node_blog_post" token="ex23QwjulQb-nG5ObDMQ54vMfz1ROy70mzTD3DJs3RQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:34:50 +0000 Anonymous 392 at https://staging.mhanational.org https://staging.mhanational.org/blog/mind-over-pop-culture-perception#comments