seraphina Posted October 17, 2009 Share Posted October 17, 2009 The town I live in has several community boards and only two I visit regularly. One requires real names and while I do post on there often I will admit that I censor myself a bit. We also have a anonymous board that I also frequent and there I am a little more vocal, mostly because the anonymity brings out the morons. Anyhow long story short an organization that helps connect people with mental illnesses with services and such helped a group of clients move into the city I live in. The organization doesn't pay the rent, the residents get government housing vouchers. Now apparently the group didn't get the right permits when they opened a support office. Blah blah blah. Public outcry of basically we don't want the crazies here. When the truth is all the city can do is say no to the office, they can't legally make the residents leave. Ok so there has been whining on both boards. Luckily a few people have stood up for the residents explaining how important it is and how much better for the community it is to have support services on site. People don't care they just want the new residents to leave. Now on the real name board I got pissed and went off and basically outed myself. One lady emailed me privately and said oh you shouldn't say you have a mental illness because we as women have so many hormonal things going on. I got annoyed and said you may be hormonal but I suffer from x,y,z.. Anyhow because people had to own their words no one really said much else once I said my piece, I guess public embarrassment was too much for the to handle. Onto the other board. Well this one person is going on and on about how the residents need to live elsewhere. They have no right to be in a residential neighborhood. I explained that they have the same legal rights as them but they disagreed saying it was a halfway house and then I explained why it wasn't. So it went back and forth. But finally I am beyond pissed. The person keeps referring to the residents as "mental people". I explained that the residents have mental illnesses and using the term mental was rather rude. Then they said fine "mentally disabled". And then I explained no mentally disabled generally refers to people with various types of mental retardation. And went on to explain that people with mental illnesses have varying degrees of intelligence and that many famous artists and intellectuals suffered from mental illnesses. Ugh. The moron was all pissed and said they would continue to use mental people. And then they said mental people shouldn't be allowed to live by bars or in areas where drugs are sold, I explained that while some people with mental illnesses have substance abuse issues many do not. Then this person started rambling on about "asbergers" which pissed me off because Asperger's is not a mental illness. And so I corrected this person on that. My frustration is not this one moron, it's the fact that this one idiot represents loads of idiots. There is this total disconnect and ignorance about mental illness and it pisses me off. And then when I try to speak out many of my friends are like hush hush don't say anything. They worry that by speaking out people with think less of me. Which in my opinion is their problem. I am not ashamed of who I am. And if people think less of me because of my issues then so be it. Ok done venting, I just hate ignorance. And i hate the fact that stigmatizing mental illnesses still seems to be social acceptable. UGH. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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