from the Mental Health Association of Broward County in Florida, with a h/t to the new blog Psychodonuts: mental illness is not a joke, an effective thought-producing, short video on the stigmatization of mental illness they made a few years ago:
Transcript and video description beneath the fold; if you can’t watch it from here, but can from Youtube, click here:
Video shows a wall of photographs of people, in the background of a female presenter.
Narrator: Hi. Today I have the opportunity to talk to you about something unusual. The subject is mental illness. All of you know someone who has mental illness. Some of you may be someone who has mental illness. But we don’t talk about it a lot. But you know who the people are. We refer to them as crazy, loony. You can give me some more expressions. Can someone give me some others?
Voices of 11 people filmed below face only, below the eyes:
Those people are crazy.
They’re one of Jerry’s.
Those people, you know THOSE people.
Screws on too tight.
They aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed.
We have this neightour, and he is so crazy, you wouldn’t believe it. He just isn’t rowing with both oars, if you know what I mean.
Crazy as a loon, you.
They got bricks with no mortar.
There’s no light on
Nutty as a fruitcake.
His elevator doesn’t quite reach the top floor.
Narrator: Wow, you guys were great! You really got into it. Now we’re going to do it again. This time with one little change. This time, let’s do it with CANCER.
Error buzzer sounds.
Text that follows: Mental illness: no laughing matter. For more information contact your local mental health association. Working to challenge stigma and promote mental health as a goal for everyone.