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The mental health prac is coming up for the nursing students at the university I attend – they have to spend two weeks working in a mental health department of a hospital. I have quite a few mates who are studying nursing, all of whom are dreading the upcoming practical experience.
Maybe I am just biased, or it’s my own experience and interest in mental health that is helping to form the build up of aggravation and disgust… but for whatever reason it clearly shows that the stigma attached to mental illness is still alive and kicking.
The student nurses don’t want to work in mental health because they will be surrounded by ‘crazies’, ‘loons’, ‘aggressive’ ‘psycho’s according to my friends, these descriptions come with actions – crossed eyes, tongues sticking out and stupid grunts.
“Why do you think they are institutionalised – because they have to be kept away from public for safety,’ commented one of my friends.
Wrong.
People may be institutionalised for suicide attempts or behaviour, been admitted by concerned family or friends, and even self-admitted. Patients may be admitted for observation, to work out medication dosages, or to keep them safe.

Above all these people are intrinsically human – they are real people, with feelings, values… with stories and life experience. Perhaps they are more human than the rest of us. At least they feel, they experience the emotions and react to the horrors of this world. We live in a society who continually tries to hide emotions, to hide what it is that makes us ‘us’. We live in a society that laughs at innocence and relies on lies and corruption.

I pose the question: who are the sane people?

Comments

laughinglou
Aug. 6th, 2006 10:53 am (UTC)
Is that a book?
solitarywalker
Aug. 6th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yes.

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