So as we know the press/media in general used to write headlines that went something like, “Crazy person kills again for no reason”, and people complained, and those who were unwell were horrified.
But something new is now happening, and I have spotted it more and more in several articles. Instead of drawing you in with the crazy bit outright, they put it in a few lines down. The headline might refer to a murder, animal cruelty, child abuse etc, so it looks like any article about how the world is so violent, but then a few lines down it will use the words “patient”, “vulnerable”, “mental health”, you know the trigger words that the press uses to rile up the public.
I think since the scandal of the sun headline the press are been a lot more careful on what they say and how they say it. There are a lot of people with mental health problems and they don’t want to be shown up again.
So far this week I have seen at least three murders that were reportedly carried out by people who are not very well, and don’t forget the one case of animal cruelty, and the case of child cruelty that I have read about.
Governments here and in other developing countries seem to forget that is you deny people healthcare, whether that be medication, psychiatrists, or hospital, the cases of people hurting themselves, or others will go up.
I have been struggling of late as my community psychiatric nurse has been away, which has left me anxious, agitated, low in mood and suicidal, but if I was delusional, psychotic and maybe a little bit angry I could be a risk to someone other than myself. If the press really want to report on psychiatric patients running amok, then at least report on why, and use the clout that they have to change the way that the system is run. They could prevent the funding been cut, they could prevent the wards and hospitals closing, and most importantly raise awareness on psychiatric illness’.
I feel sorry for the people and animals that have been hurt, but I also feel sorry for the people that have been let down by the system.