Last week I took a Facebook quiz called What Does Your Facebook Vocabulary Say About You? Imagine my surprise when the answer was, A Crazy Person, as you can see from the screenshot. And it appears on what looks like a certificate, so apparently, I’m certifiably so. The answer was probably random, but it shouldn’t have been an answer at all.
I know these things are for fun and entertainment, but of all the hundreds of quizzes I’ve taken on Facebook, not once have I received an answer that stigmatizes the mentally ill, an already marginalized community. This is when the fun stops.
I had to scroll and scroll and scroll and scroll just to read the quiz site’s Terms and Conditions at the bottom of the page. There was a section on link removal that instructs the reader to contact them. So I clicked the Contact link . . . which didn’t work. Dead end.
What isn’t dead is my fight against stigma towards the mentally ill. Posting about mental health and suicide awareness on both my private Facebook and public Twitter accounts is a way of fighting. So is openly discussing my mental health with others. Writing this blog is another way.
We must stop the stigma.
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