Notice a trend here? The only time mental illnesses seem to get media attention is when they’re being assigned blame for tragic, violent events that people find hard to comprehend otherwise. Why? Because there’s actually a link between mental illness and violent behaviour? Nope. I think it’s simply because people have an “us vs them” mentality with how they view the mentally ill- ‘they’re not like us, only a crazy person could do such a thing, no one normal would ever do that.’ Because once it’s the crazy people’s fault, they no longer have to consider the fact that the majority of serial killers, rapists and murderers are ‘sane’ people just like them.
The conditions being blamed for these recent killings include Aspergers, OCD, Depression, PTSD and anxiety- relatively common mental health disorders. So I was thinking those of us who have these illnesses and others often associated with violence (schizophrenia, Autism, personality disorders etc) could try expose people to a different, more realistic side of us- the side that actually does a lot of good in society, but is never spoken about. If you’d like to join in, make a sign like above (doesn’t have to have your face in it) & include something positive you contribute to the world even if it’s small, then tag it #notakiller, & share this if you know other people who’d want to join in. :)