Mental Illness Isn’t Glamorous

Mental Illness Isn’t Glamorous

March 25, 2019 0 By Elaine Arias

So I was moseying around on my iPad, and came across this Twitter thread:

The Sun on Twitter: “Beverley Callard says celebs are trying to make mental health problems ‘fashionable’ / Twitter”

Beverley Callard says celebs are trying to make mental health problems ‘fashionable’

Piers Morgan on Twitter: “She’ll be hammered for saying this, but it’s 100% true. / Twitter”

She’ll be hammered for saying this, but it’s 100% true.

And here his the article for full context:

Beverley Callard slams fellow celebs who make mental health ‘fashionable like a Gucci handbag’

BEVERLEY Callard has slammed fellow celebrities who make mental health “fashionable” or “like a Gucci handbag”. The Coronation Street actress has been open about her battle with depression over the years, and took two months off from the ITV soap three years ago after breaking down in tears on the set amid fears she didn’t measure up to her co-stars.

And I just got annoyed. I can understand why Piers Morgan and this other woman believe that sometimes celebrities come across as using mental illness to promote themselves. It is also quite obvious that a lot of millennials, particularly those on Tumblr, have a habit of diagnosing themselves and then attaching those faux diagnoses to their online biographies as if it were a fucking personality trait.

Here’s how you know someone actually cares about people with mental illness and wants to actually do something to help: they work with a charity or give interviews to respectable publications or other psych-related media.

Take the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for example. They’ve got a charity thing called “Heads Together” that they’ve been working on for a few years now. They don’t do glamorous fashion spreads in Vanity Fair or Vogue going on about their mental illness. They work to raise awareness about mental illnesses and to reduce the stigma attached to them. It’s dignified and very admirable.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry join together to ‘shatter the stigma’ of mental illness

The trio have each spent months emphasising the importance of speaking about mental health, with the Duchess last week talking frankly about the lack of confidence she suffered after becoming a new mother.

Then you get your average Hollywood actress running to Vanity Fair, posing for the cover wearing nothing but a bed sheet and talking about how she was molested as a child.

Or some brain-dead supposed ‘musician’ and pothead taking pictures of herself after a trashy bender and then posting it on Instagram for everyone to see.

The two examples above are not how you raise awareness for mental health. The two examples above are just two bitches using their problems to gain more attention for themselves. THAT’s probably what Piers Morgan was talking about.

Anyway, the woman, British actress Beverley Callard, who is on UK soap Coronation Street, had this to say:

In the last year, a number of celebrities have spoken out about their own mental health struggles, but Beverley, 61, hopes they aren’t all just jumping on a bandwagon.

She told Best Magazine: “Real mental illness is very dark and it takes a great deal of strength to ask for help.

“I think we are now definitely chipping away at the stigma.

“But we have to be careful mental illness doesn’t become like a Gucci handbag.

Well, too late. We’ve already got stupid kids on Tumblr bragging about how they’re depressed, have anxiety, etc. We’ve already got Tumblrinas posting pictures of their self-harm abuse. We’ve already got Tumblrinas listing their self-diagnosed mental illnesses along with their made-up genders and personal pronouns.

Yes, people handle it differently, and some people are good at hiding their illnesses and manage to present as “normal” and so on. So yeah, maybe the stupid naked actress really was molested and isn’t just making it up for the publicity and sympathy…but come on, posing for cheesecake photos to accompany an interview where you dish about being molested or whatever is just a tad tone-deaf.

A mental illness is something one keeps to oneself until something happens to where you can’t exactly hide it anymore.

I have worked retail in the past, and due to my social anxiety, I found it very difficult. So difficult that I was flat-out suicidal and ended up getting hospitalized. I wasn’t in the hospital that long, and went back to work after a month. My co-workers knew I was in the hospital, but I didn’t say why. I wasn’t comfortable saying why. I’m not even entirely comfortable writing about it here, but whatever. I have a mental illness, and I only bring it up because, according to leftists, you cannot opine about certain things unless you are afflicted or a part of those things. That’s stupid as fuck, but so are leftists. It’s to be expected.

I get the sense that most people are not comfortable talking about their mental illness, and no, some actress posing in soft-core half-naked photos isn’t going to help people become more open about their mental illnesses, and it isn’t going to make society more accepting and open-minded about mental illness. It’ll just get the actress some publicity and then people will go back to wondering why she wrecked her face with so much plastic surgery.

Anyway, if you think that actors and whatnot don’t lie about their pasts and stuff…you’re a fucking idiot. 99% of everyone in the entertainment industry is complete and utter scum. FACT. Of course they’d fucking lie! Of course they’d fucking lie about having a mental illness, especially if they need good press! Or if they just want to come across as “relatable”!

We’re talking about a society that secretly (or not-so-secretly) thinks pedophilia is a-okay as long as the right people are doing it (and, according to them, Catholics are the wrong people, that’s why they get so much shit for doing the same fucking thing Muslims do).

Just watch…this Coronation Street actress will probably be right…as the stigma against mental illness is slowly stripped away, actors and musicians will be all over the place, going on and on about how being so creative and hot and famous gives them anxiety and how it’s all so damn hard and please feel sorry for me – oh, and buy my new album and it’ll be totally vomit-worthy and UGH.

It’s also no surprise that Sophie Turner has Trump Derangement Syndrome and is proud of it:

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Luckily for her, I have just the solution – do a topless spread in Vanity Fair about how much of a sack of shit Trump is, and how totally traumatized you are by the fact that the Democrats’ bullshit smear campaign didn’t work, and how you now feel like you’ve been gang-raped by a bunch of redneck Republicans simply because Trump is allowed to breathe, or something.

It’ll make you feel better and your latest project will do very, very well, since this sort of thing is successful and stuff. Just ask Brie Larson.

You’re fucking welcome, bitch.

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