Imagine a world where mental health does not exist; let’s call it Planet 0. There is no recognition of mental illness such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, eating disorders, ADHD, tic disorders, drug addiction, etc. If you suffer from such a disorder of the mind, you are simply considered “weird,” “abnormal,” “strange” or “other-worldly.” In this world, if you have a mental illness, you are ostracized from society; find your way back home because you are not getting into this circle!
People who commit suicide are viewed as weak; “he would have never made it anyways” is the mentality. Drug addicts are considered the scum of the earth on Planet 0; suffering or even worse, dying, is celebrated by the masses. Psychotic people are one of the most feared and despised; governments all around the world are seriously considering passing a law to allow citizens to shoot at a psychotic person if they feel threatened.
Essentially, humanity on Planet 0 does not want to have anything to do with mental health; it never was and it never will be. If you are feeling down, your family warns you to get yourself together. If you are feeling anxious, your friends start to lose interest. If you are feeling insecure, your significant other is expected to leave you. If you are hallucinating, society no longer knows of you. Psychiatric medications are for lab rats; if you’re even heard of having some in your kitchen, your landlord has a right by law to evict you if he or she pleases.
Why do we talk about mental health?
So we can avoid experiencing any sort of stigma that slightly touches or resembles Planet 0.
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)