A new push is underway to preclude the use of the death penalty for the severely mentally ill in Kentucky, but the legislation appears to have a steep, uphill climb. Similar bills introduced in previous legislative sessions have seen little action.
When is the last time you referred to someone you disliked as crazy? Almost all of us use that word without thinking – and using words like crazy, nuts, schizo, etc. as perjoratives is one of many ways mental illness is socially stigmatized. People diagnosed with mental illnesses may be afraid to disclose them for fear they will be avoided, disbelieved, or labelled. And that hesitance to disclose can carry over into a reluctance to seek help or comply with treatment – sometimes with tragic results. This Tuesday we’ll talk about the stigma of mental illness – where it comes from, and how it can be lessened so those who need help are more likely to receive it. Listen to the Show
When you think about accessibility for people with disabilities, you might think about wheelchair ramps or parking accommodations. But people diagnosed with mental illness are also covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act. So why are they often left out of the conversation, even though they often experience discrimination in employment, housing, and many other areas?
If we believe what we see on TV and in the movies, persons with a mental illness are violent, irrational, unpredictable people who can’t function in “normal” society. But the truth is those who are living day to day with mental illness are our mothers, husbands, co-workers, daughters, teachers, and even us. Mental illness affects every one of us every day, whether we are dealing with an illness personally or it is someone we know casually or someone in our own home. Listen to the Show