President Obama called for an end to mental illness stigmatization. Who are the people that stigmatize the mentally ill? It doesn’t matter, their days are numbered because the president has called for its demise and has a conference to discuss it.
At the White House conference Obama said:
You see commercials on TV about a whole array of physical health issues—some of them very personal…And yet, we whisper about mental health issues and avoid asking too many questions … there should be no shame in discussing or seeking help for treatable illnesses that affect too many people that we love. We’ve got to get rid of that embarrassment. We’ve got to get rid of that stigma. Too many Americans who struggle with mental health illnesses are still suffering in silence rather than seeking help.
Without mentioning Joe Biden by name the president went on to say that he and his wife know of individuals who are suffer from mental illness. This being the case a “panel on negative attitudes” was formed so that they can, I don’t know, go around the room and ask what “stereotypes” are being hoisted upon Amanda Bynes?
Curious that the list of professionals included “mental health advocates, psychologists, representatives from veterans’ groups and messaging experts—as well as “Hollywood stars”. What’s a “messaging expert” and what ever happened to the profession of psychiatry that would be replaced with Hollywood stars?
I’m sure Republican presidents have silly conferences like this and everyone invited feels important being there. The difference here is that this administration–and liberalism in general–are overly concerned about what people think. The event is more concerned about perceptions of the mentally ill and less about the condition itself.
The whole Benghazi mess, at its root, was a series of decisions and indecision’s centered around the perception of “negative attitudes” towards Muslims as though no one but the left cannot discern between Islamic terrorists and Muslims who are not. No one in the administration has ever answered the question as to why more security was rejected and nobody is bothering to ask anymore. But in rejecting the request one cannot help think that it was all about not offending anyone in Benghazi and that greater security would have “stigmatized” the locals in a “negative” way.
From that point on, once the terrorists had struck, it took months before the administration–and the president himself to admit–it was a terrorist strike, why? Because this may have sparked “Islamophobia”, another stigma that must be avoided at all cost. It’s common in the discussion of Islamic terrorist for a liberal to mention other non-Islamic groups so as to balance the ethnic scale of it all because someone somewhere is going to think all Muslims are terrorists even though only an idiot would.
And what is mental illness stigmatization but another yet to be invented word with an “ism” or “phobia” suffix. Isms’ such as racism, sexism, and the newly created ageism are all about negative thinking and the reason there is a liberal preoccupation with it all is for no other reason to think negatively about negative thinkers thus assuaging their moral vanities.
Is there such a widespread negative attitude towards mental illness that would justify a presidential conference? Certainly not, but this doesn’t stop Obama from setting up a gathering to discuss and then denounce all the trumped up negativity and thus feel good about themselves for “raising awareness”.