I’ve been wanting to write a post about the goings on of the costumes that were sold in Asda and Tesco. I was going to post here yesterday, but I was very upset and didn’t want to go on a rant.
For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, Asda was selling a consume for Halloween called ‘Mental Patient’, and Tesco a costume called Psych Ward’. Now yesterday it all went public and it went in the news papers.
The costumes had been removed, apologies said and in Asda’s case donated money to Mind..
Anyway, on twitter outrage, people posting pictures of themselves to show everyone how mental patients really look like.. VERY NORMAL!
Some people say that it was an overreaction… I feel like it was very necessary. It’s this type of discrimination that fuels stigma, I believe.
It would not be ok to dress as a cancer patient or anything of the sort.. So it should not be any different for a ‘mental patient’. Physical and mental health are equal and should be treated that way. 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems. The sad part is that people with mental health difficulties are discriminated against and still live in fear of the stigma. In my opinion everything that can be done to stop this needs to be done. The whole debacle and outrage of the costumes shows that if enough people shout about something that is unfair and unacceptable people will have to listen and do something about it.
Apologies and donations are good, but let’s hope that lessons have been learnt, not only by Asda and Tesco, but to anyone who has made a stereotype that people with mental health are all dangerous, mad criminals. We’re not. We are just as ‘normal as everyone one else.