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Can we please stop romanticizing mental health?

WARNING: This post discusses mental health issues and if you feel this post may not be for you, please do not read on. Thank you.

 

I have a topic which I’d like my readers to debate in the comments. Let me explain…

I came across this tweet recently showing some necklaces made by a fashion company which portray logos of mental illnesses such as ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety.’

If you’re not aware of this tweet, here it is:

I’m incredibly sick of people idealizing mental illnesses so I was worried that this was what the company were aiming to do. I know and can understand why some people would think this is the case. However, the company replied to this tweet saying “These necklaces were designed by our founder jen who has bipolar disorder and all net proceeds from these necklaces go directly to , a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.”

As someone who is into fashion, I think this is a great way to spread awareness of such important issues. So, major respect to that fashion brand! But, by wearing these necklaces I’m concerned the lettering will look as though the people wearing them are labelling themselves with that particular word and it is so important that mental illness is not just viewed as a label.

I think nowadays mental illness is sometimes handled in the wrong way or people read things in a certain way which can lead to representations being viewed in an unintentional light. Although I am not even halfway through season 2 of 13 Reasons Why (no spoilers please), I know that some people weren’t pleased about the controversial decision over Hannah’s suicide being shown in season 1 because it could glamorize suicide or show people how to do it. However, the creators have claimed they wanted to show that it is painful and therefore not worth it.

Speaking about our problems, sharing stories, understanding more and helping each other is super important so we should just continue doing that and avoid the romanticizing. But it can be so difficult to avoid it when everyone sees things differently. How can we tackle this issue?

I want to create a discussion based on whether you think certain mental illnesses are being romanticized on the internet or whether discussions, representations and portrayals are only being used to raise awareness for them. What do you think and what can we do? Please let me know in the comments.

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27 Comments

  1. Liam 28th May 2018

    So proud of you xx♥️♥️♥️

  2. Samara Marshall 28th May 2018

    I agree. Major props to the company for wanting to bring more awareness to theses topics. I think we just need to talk about it more. I know with my family if I bring up mental health they will change the subject because they don’t want to talk about it because I may speak things into existance so one thing I’m going to work on is to try to talk about mental health with my family more so we can all be more educated. Great post!!

    Samara // The Marshall Wardrobe

    • fayejessica 28th May 2018 — Post author

      Agreed, awareness is so important. That’s a very good point… that can be why some people are scared to open up to family and friends. Thank you so much for your input!

  3. Caterina / 35mminstyle 28th May 2018

    I do feel like mental anxiety is getting more attention from media which is a good thing but at the same time they are exploiting the situation as you say by merchandising it.

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ 35mm in Style

    • fayejessica 28th May 2018 — Post author

      Exactly and that is becoming a major problem! Xx

  4. ofbeautyand 30th May 2018

    I hate seeing jewellery or t-shirts with mental illness or stereotypes on them – it doesn’t help with the stigma x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

    • fayejessica 30th May 2018 — Post author

      Do you feel it appears to be labelling those who wear them? X

  5. Brooke Nicole Clarke 30th May 2018

    Completely agree. Yes, there needs to be more awareness and more help for those who are suffering, but you can guarantee some 12 year olds are going to be walking around with these, all because it’s ‘trendy’ 🙄 xx

    Brooke | http://www.brookeclarke.com

    • fayejessica 30th May 2018 — Post author

      Exactly, which could make the situation worse. Thanks for your input xx

  6. Joyce Ka Yan Lau 30th May 2018

    Definitely need more awareness but I feel some people are just using it to benefit themselves and not helping. Personally if I had MH issues I would not want to label myself x

    Joyce Lau

    • fayejessica 30th May 2018 — Post author

      I agree, thanks so much for your input x

  7. Alice Swain 30th May 2018

    This is such a hard topic because as you said, everyone sees it so differently. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety myself to a really bad degree at some points in my life but I can’t actually say that 13RW triggered me at all although I haven’t watched season 2 yet. I do think it needs to be talked about more but although those necklaces have good intentions, I don’t think I agree that it should be made into essentially a fashion statement. It’s like printing it on a tshirt! 😅
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

    • fayejessica 30th May 2018 — Post author

      Sorry to hear that and congrats on battling through it. I’m the same, I wasn’t triggered by the scene in the first season but again, everyone is different. That’s true! Thanks so much for having your say xx

  8. falidude 30th May 2018

    I think there are pro and cons. I get why people think its romanticism however the awareness can be a massive plus point.

    • fayejessica 31st May 2018 — Post author

      Very true and that’s why raising awareness can be difficult.

  9. tjalva 31st May 2018

    I think you are right with the necklace. It seems meant good, but comes across a bit odd…
    I would not use the word romanticized, but I personally think, everything is getting blown up too far nowadays… it seems a good excuse to many people to blame mental illness for a lot of things.
    I don’t mean to have a dig here at people with mental illnesses, exactly the opposite. It is more aimed at people who try to “shield” their selfishness, laziness etc. behind the excuse of mental illness…
    Correct me if I am wrong.

    • fayejessica 31st May 2018 — Post author

      Interesting thoughts. No one is ever wrong here especially on my blog, I respect everyone’s opinions. Thank you.

  10. aysemervedemirblog 1st June 2018

    This is an amazing post and I agree with you! Mental health is something to be made into merchandise by brands and nor is it trendy either!

    Ayse x

    • fayejessica 1st June 2018 — Post author

      Exactly! It needs to stop. Thank you 🙂

  11. Sophue 6th June 2018

    I didn’t love 13 Reasons Why and Season 2 (no spoilers, don’t worry) was a bit boring and slow. Obviously as you’re aware so far from episode 1 there’s A LOT of victim blaming.
    I think that’s something we need to work on. There’s subtle hints and major outspoken lines about victim blaming regarding Hannah and everyone else.

    Great post ! X

    Sophie x | http://www.trafotoz.com

  12. Hannah Shaw 11th June 2018

    I feel like my opinion might be quite controversial.

    Recently I saw a tweet of a girl taking a selfie in her underwear, massive grin on her face and the comment read something like “eurgh depression life”

    It makes me think that some people are saying they have depression and anxiety now just to be in with “current trends” and although this definitely isn’t the case for everyone and so many people really do suffer but it’s getting to a point now where some people are just jumping on the bandwagon… brands making necklaces like this, even if its for a good cause, definitely dont help the situation!!!!

    Hann xx

    • fayejessica 11th June 2018 — Post author

      Wow really? See there’s a lot of that lately and it does seem like a new ‘trend’ which is so so bad and will only affect those who are suffering more. Thanks so much for your input.

  13. charlotteannelane103 15th June 2018

    I can appreciate the proceeds going towards BC2M, I just don’t necessarily like that these necklaces will be worn as a ‘fashion statement’.. It’s definitely a difficult one because everyone’s opinions are so diverse!xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • fayejessica 15th June 2018 — Post author

      I totally agree. It’s so difficult to approach. Thanks for commenting xo

  14. Planet Vikki 21st July 2018

    It’s great that they are giving the proceeds to a good cause and trying to raise awareness but its making this very serious issues into fashion statements. I have both anxiety and depression and I hate seeing it on fashion items, whether it be necklaces, tshirts or whatever else. I agree with Hannahs’ comment about some people jumping on the band wagon, I understand some people put a smile on for the outside world but there are people that just say they have it as it seems to be the ‘in’ thing. Controversial comment I know but that’s what I think!!

    Vikki | http://planetvikkiblog.wordpress.com

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