Friday, 27 September 2013

ASDA Costume Fallout


Most of you will have heard about ASDA's horrific selling of a Halloween costume entitled: Mental Patient. For those of you who haven't, here it is below:

ASDA have since taken the product off the shelves and made a donation to mental health charity Mind but what is more concerning is the fact that the costume managed to make it to the shelves in the first place. Exactly how many people must this have went through and not be questioned? What sort of country do we live in when this kind of discrimination is still seen in society? 1 in 4 people wear their very normal mental health costume every day; are they yielding meat cleavers? No, they are just like everyone else, you can't spot the difference. People have taken to Twitter to demonstrate this: Tweeting photos of themselves depicting the normality of their mental health.

Admittedly stigma against mental health has improved but this costume alone shows how much further we as a society have to go. We all have mental health just as we all have physical health and sometimes we get poorly. Break down the barriers and normalise it. Mental health isn't scary nor are mental health patients. If one sole good thing came out of this down right offensive situation it is that it has got people talking. It's sad that such an extreme thing had to occur for this to take place.

Continue the conversation. Fight the stigma.

Hannah x


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