Locked Away?

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

“Look at this mess!  It’s going to take a while to clean up.”

“I’ll help you and get Joel to help too–”

“No!  I don’t want his help.  As a matter of fact, I don’t want him coming around here anymore.”

“Why not?”

He made this mess.”

“That’s not true.  Why would he do this?”

“Because he’s nuts.  He’s psycho.”

“He’s mentally ill, Harrison.”

“Same thing.  I don’t want his kind around here anymore.”

“His kind!  Is that how you see people with mental illness?”

“They’re dangerous and should be locked away.”

“NO!  People like you should be!”

99 Words

This story was written because this week is Mental Illness Awareness Week. This year’s theme is: What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know. Their greatest challenge is the stigma they face from family, spouses, friends, co-workers and society. The greatest tool against stigma is education. People need to be educated about mental illness and how to supportive of those who have it.

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt Here. To read other stories or to participate, click Here.

33 comments

  1. There is still too much prejudice in the world. Destigmatizing mental illness would be a huge step in getting people the help they need.

    “The worst thing to call somebody is crazy. It’s dismissive. I don’t understand this person, so they’re crazy. That’s bullshit. These people are not crazy. They strong people. Maybe their environment is a little sick.” – Dave Chappelle

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    • Yes, there is, sadly and hopefully education and awareness will help to destigmatize mental illness which will in turn encourage people to get the help they desperately need. Dave Chappelle is right. The name calling and dismissiveness need to stop. What is needed is understanding and support instead of ignorance and prejudice. Mentally ill people are strong. It takes courage to live in an environment which is so hostile to them.

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