The world nowadays is full of people who suffer from a mental illness which also can cause huge amounts of suicide. News and media have finally started to address this by giving more coverage about these people. There is also a movie called “Fox Catcher” this year which talks about mental illness.
According to the NBC News, about 1,100 college students commit suicide every year because of mental illness. As reported in "Ziggy’s Wish”, every year about one million people died worldwide because of mental illness. Many people are surprised that over 50 movie stars are actually struggling with mental disorders; some of them finally give up fighting and choose to die, like Robin Williams. In order to prevent the same tragedy happening again and again, we have to do something and the media has to do something.
In this digital world, media has the power. Here is an article suggesting people care about mental health issue. The NBC Nightly News reported a Sending Silence Packing event in the United State this year. This is an event held to raise awareness of the students attending college who kill themselves because they struggle with a mental illness. Suggestions made from the government can make more people care about mental illness. For example, the Australian government posted a website on the internet which talks about mental illness and shows people how big the issue of mental illness is. After the death of Robin Williams, people started to look at mental illness again and the media got interested. A lot of people kill themselves because they cannot find someone to talk about their issues of mental illness and all they need is a friend and a listener, like in the movies.
For example, in the movie “The Good Will Hunting” , a genius has a farfetched life and a couple of bad friends who make his mental illness worse. All he needs is someone who can help him to direct his life and get on the right track. The psychologist who also has a mental illness since childhood talks to him. With a strong patience, the psychologist finally makes him talk about what he has been through and what he really wants to do in the future and just get on with his dream.
A second movie that has raised awareness is Rain man. This is a movie that talks about how a man finds out he has always had a brother who has mental illness and he finally create a relationship with his brother. The reason why I first saw this movie is just because I love Tom Cruise and I love watching movies, but the reason that I saw it again is because this movie really touched my heart. After Babbitt found out that the reason his brother was taken away from his family is because his brother Raymond accidentally hurt him when they were little. He felt regret and he wanted to stay with his brother and take care of him for the rest of his life, but the mental institution took Raymond back. From these movies, I know that if we really look into the people who have mental illness, we will find out that they are the same as we are and, we can save them by just caring about them and listening to them.
The Pacific Standard shows that people who have mental illness are more likely to cause a gun shooting crime than are mentally healthy people. So, we should not allow mentally ill people to own guns? The media also points out that people who have mental illness are much more violent than mentally healthy people. This year there were shootings in Las Vegas, Seattle, and Santa Barbara. These incidents cause people to be afraid of people who have mental illness and the people who have mental illness to feel shame about telling others they need help,so they lost chance to get help. One blogger wrote an article about why the media do not take mental health issue seriously. In her article, Nicole Knepper points out that media seems to think they should write about physical health and gossip, not about mental illness, even though it affects physical health.
Although the media has some bad messages about people who have mental illness, there are more of them presenting helpful information about good things about mental illness and suggesting people help people who struggled with mental illness. One article also points out that people with mental issues are not like those in the movies, who are often portrayed as really weird and always killing others but they are actually much more better than that. The article also says that the movies nowadays are getting much better. After all, mental illness is not a thing that we have to be afraid of; it is a thing that we have to care about. We have to help the people who have mental illness and give it a chance for these people, we will see the world become better and people with mental health issues live happier lives.
Conclusion update 11.6 2014
After I finished typing this article about mental illness, I try to find out what the real connection between mental illness and the world. Is mental illness consider as a problem in people's mind? Human can only care about an issue until it started to harm themselves and affect their life. Mental illness get the attention of people by the spread on the internet and media. In this digital world, people can easily find articles about mental issue, good things or bad things. During my time responding the comments, there are these kind of thinking that came out in my mind. How will this affect our life? Will the things that we do actually help the mental illness? I can not just say that it will change people's thinking of mental illness, but I will say that at least we tried and there is a chance that this will help. In my point of view, I hope this article will help people understand mental illness better and start pay more attention on those struggled in the mental issue. Mental illness is a dangerous thing that can harm people pretty hard, but I believe that every action that people made will push it getting better. After all, I still have to say that people with mental issue are the same as us, they are us, what you have to do is just look deep inside their heart and listen to them, and treat them like the others. Remember, even a small movement of yours have the ability to turn the world into a better place. Thank you for checking my article.