Today, I was slapped in the face by a stranger and made to feel less than human. Today, I was marginalized and discriminated against. Today, I felt the weight of an extremist opinion. Although it was just one ignorant person, I know there are more of the same out there, and something must be done.
On Twitter (@unsuicide), I share suicide prevention resources and ways to find help. Recently I’ve also been sharing the National Association of Broadcasters‘ newly launched anti-stigma mental health awareness campaign, OK2Talk.
It’s a series of PSAs and a web site aimed at youth, encouraging them to open up about issues. I thought I was preaching to the choir a bit with my followers, people who are mostly either mental health consumers or professionals, or who have an interest in mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
Imagine my shock, then, when someone replied to say there should be a law to segregate people who have been unstable from the rest of the population.
People like me.