I started writing this post about a year ago after a particularly traumatic 'breakup' with some people who had been close friends, but I didn't finish it and sort of moved on, like I have in life. But the issue has been brought back up again with the release of the movie 'Me Before You' and the issues it touches on. The problem that I and many other have with this movie is that it reinforces the stereotypical views that society has of disabled people and disability - that we are to be pitied.
Wow you take a lot of meds! Why don't you stop taking your medication and see if it actually does anything? Why do you need to take so many? Do you know if they actually do anything? Have you tried natural alternatives? If your drugs have those side-effects why don't you stop taking them? Big Pharma doesn't create cures, they create consumers. To all the anti-Big Pharma people out there, if you want to attack something spend your energy attacking stress, smoking, traffic accidents, alcohol and substance abuse - they are far more responsible (and proven to be so) for adversely affecting the lives of Australians.
From the moment we are born, interactions that we have and friendships that we make help shape the people we become. It's not just the positive things but the negative and adverse as well and the more life experience we have the more rounded a person we become. By life experience I don't necessarily mean going out and seeing the world, but having experiences that are diverse, that change the way you view things and open your eyes, things that help you really know who you are as a person and how you see the world around you.
Oh hai 2016, welcome! I am very pleased to meet you. I love the promise of a new year, it's like a fresh start, a physical line drawn between one time and another where everything that happened over the previous 365 days can magically (theoretically) be forgotten, if you so wish. Last year was tough, I'm not going to lie and my blog posts became few and few between. But it also had some very high points sprinkled through that toughness to break it up a bit, a bit of glitter in the pile of poo that was 2015.
On Monday night a very interesting episode of ABC's 'Q and A' was on, it was a special edition for 'Mental Health Week' and the panel consisted of psychiatrists, mental health advocates, and industry specialists. One thing that was discussed at length was the stigma attached to mental health. It's sad that there is still such a stigma because so many people have issues in this department.