Send the link below via email or IMCopy
Present to your audienceStart remote presentation
- Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
- People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
- This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
- A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
- Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article
De-stigmatising Mental Health?
Transcript of De-stigmatising Mental Health?
injuries. These images can 'trigger' other bloggers, pushing them into relapse or can bring up painful memories. One blogger questioned this same 'glamorization,' taking into account the comfort images like this could bring to sufferers. Problematic as 'safe-spaces' become triggering and bloggers conform to stigma rather than fighting against it. A drawback of using such a form of social networking is its
popularity. Naive to assume that all those engaging with such topics would be educated in them. Clashing, inflamatory views are common on the internet and can have far-reaching and destructive effects. http://problematicnormality.tumblr.com/post/34103967437/sick-bubblegum-when-people-threaten-to-commit-suicide Harked back to the ideas of stigma I had been attempting to fight against, surprised me in this forum; brought new fears of ignorant stigma in what I believed to be a positive space. It further brought fears about my own involvement in such a space, particularly with reference to my reservations. A platform to discuss wider ideas perpetuating stigma in society. Studies on mental health, positive and negative representations in the media and film etc., were constantly discussed and highlighted by other bloggers. Brought issues of mental health to the centre of modern society, rather than placing it on the periphery - way of battling stigma. However, such representations can also breed stigma. Discussion, whilst sometimes problematic, is imperative to move towards understanding. Despite positive engagement and interaction, which I had not expected, I still had reservations. Kept quiet about concerns, particularly involving images of self-harm. I often felt intrusive and calculated, as if my posts left me as a by-stander, a David Attenborough-esque observer. However, I realised that my contributions had, in fact, had some impact. My reservations were alleviated when I pushed past this idea of "them and us," realising that mental HEALTH affects us all. I realised that stigma is bred from this idea of 'them and us,' of 'attention seeking' and 'genuine,' and from our fears of becoming 'one of them.' I had reservations about the kind of impact I could have; I didn't want to write a series of mini-essays. This experience has been a journey. I thought writing a blog would be easy and I was surprised when, at times, I struggled. Inspiration did not come from seminars and readings, as I had expected, but from day-to-day life. Blogging has destroyed my 'them and us' perceptions. Mental health as something that affects everyone, not something that 'places us at loggerheads with those suffering differently to us.' I began assessing literature, film, culture and ended assessing myself and those around me. Blogging is a useful tool but, as with the internet in general, comes with many dangers. Our minds are organs, just like any other part of our body, they are not something we can always control at will. It is through cultural debate, discussion and questioning that we are able to begin to understand what others are suffering. This blog is something I will definitely continue. Initial reservations and surprise to find many people discussing these issues. Moreover, blogging brought cultural ideas about mental health into the everyday; associating such stigmas with real people I was communicating with.