Following my post yesterday on THAT awful Daily Mail article about mental illness, it looks like the Fail have at least partially responded to all the people condemning it on Twitter. They’ve removed the incredibly triggering self-harm image from the webpage.
People were condemning the article, not only for the self-harm pic, but also for having an utterly patronising and outdated view of people with mental health problems. So, naturally they’d want to replace the photo with something that avoids all those stereotypes that they’ve been accused of propagating.
Oh. That’s, erm….much better?
As I said yesterday, back in the days of the Mental Nurse blog (RIP) we used to get our laughs by running caption competitions on these kinds of cliched media images of what all people with mental health problems are supposed to look like. On that note, I think it’s time for an inaugural Not So Big Society caption competition.
And while we’re at it, we might as well do captions for the other two photos used for the Mail’s article.
I’ll offer a few to get things started:
Pic 1: “My psychosis hell. I thought a toddler was strangling me as I was walking through the park.”
Pic 2: “Help! Help! I’m trapped in a Daily Mail article!”
Pic 3: “New research shows Zorbing is ineffective at treating mental illness.”
Add your own suggestions in the comments threads.
Newspaper editors: when you stop putting these stupid images on every news article about mental health, we’ll stop giving them silly captions.