Despite public campaigns to combat stigma around mental illness, people with mental health problems still face ongoing discrimination. And while some sections of the media focus on mental illness in cases of violence, a rise in the number of people who are more of a risk to themselves goes unnoticed.
We still find it difficult to discuss such issues. For example, people in hospital for mental health reasons rarely receive the “get well soon” messages other patients do. And in the some areas of the media, there’s still an obsession over the relatively rare cases when a person with a mental health problem commits a serious violent offence.