Victim blaming of people with mental illness
This article I read today, by a man who suffers from depression, basically re-iterates the prevailing view that depressed people are "narcissistic", that suicide is selfish, and that it's possible to cure oneself of suicidal impulses simply by ruminating about how selfish suicide is.
No other category of illness inspires victim blaming the way mental illness does. First people deny its existence, and when they finally admit it does exist they then blame the people who have it and tell them to stop being so self-absorbed and just snap out of it. The stigma is so strong that people with depression learn to stigmatize themselves and others who suffer from depression.Download this post as PDF? Click here