Thank you for publishing this important article. Thank you also to those who took the time to read it and also to those who commented on it. I only recently heard about the movement of people who hear voices coming together and supporting each other outside of the traditional western psychiatric approach.
I am very excited that this type of group exists and I hope more support groups will choose to take more of an activist role in supporting and presenting Mental Diversity as an alternative to mental health and illness. Mental health is something that I have always felt a strong desire to involve myself in. For people to be stigmatised due to their mental illness is prejudice and needs to become a thing of the past.
As a society we have been bombarded by the negative portrayal of individuals during the lowest times in their mental health just for their entertainment value. It's unfortunate that we are so easily entertained by gawking or making fun of others. I would like to see media step up and show the stories of people overcoming their mental illnesses just as movies of the week about people overcoming cancer have been popularised.
When it comes to health, there is no difference between mental and physical illness. The symptoms maybe different but the result is the same, you are sick.
On the other hand when looking at physical, mental, spiritual health we should embrace the reality that there are many different forms. For that reason I support the idea of promoting Mental Diversity.
It was not long ago that people who were not heterosexual were also listed in the DSM. I find it interesting that diversity in this case has been accepted and even celebrated. Maybe in 30 years the public will understand that Diversity is inclusive of mentality too!
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