How should we talk about mental health?

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Mental health suffers from a major image problem. One in every four people experiences mental health issues — yet more than 40 percent of countries worldwide have no mental health policy. Across the board it seems like we have no idea how to talk about it respectfully and responsibly.

Stigma and discrimination are the two biggest obstacles to a productive public dialogue about mental health; indeed, the problem seems to be largely one of communication. So we asked seven mental health experts: How should we talk about mental health? How can informed and sensitive people do it right – and how can the media do it responsibly?

End the stigma

Easier said than done, of course. Says journalist Andrew Solomon: “People still think that it’s shameful if they have a mental illness. They think it shows personal weakness. They think it shows a failing. If it’s their children who…

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Ecce Homo by Evelyn Bencicova

Originally posted on 2HeadS:

Evelyn Bencicova’s series “Ecce Homo” was a beautiful surprise in this week. I didn’t know her work, but this series captivated me by its clean beauty, tones, composition, lines and movement. In Ecce Homo there are no faces, no personality, yet there’s plenty of soul to be played as a music sheet in a classic concert. More than a sense of mystery, there’s a comfortable beauty of the nakedness playing tricks with uncomfortable nonsense madness in some images. The watered tones can also contribute to it, once the light green is the easiest colour for brain reader, hence why the colour used in Mental Illness Hospitals, to calm down the people in there. On the other hand you’ll find movements of fire, water, earth, air. With the mass of naked bodies in interior playgrounds. Evelyn plays with senses and skins and lights and colours in a masterful…

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