I decided to set up this blog after a twitter conversation with some good friends. We made a (failed) attempt to get #weareallbonkers trending on twitter, but I loved the name so much I decided it needed to be used. I wanted a blog, so stole the name, yup that simple.
I intend to blog on politics, mental health, religion, work, family or anything I feel passionate about on the day.
As an intro my first blog will be to set you, my readers a challenge, what’s in a name? Mental health is full of names, from depression to schizophrenia, from bi-polar to borderline personality disorder from PTSD to OCD, all invented by psychiatrists to make labelling easier. The general public, however are used to calling us mad, loonies, barking, schizo or psycho… actually the list is endless. When I run my mental health awareness courses or especially my stigma and discrimination course, I get people to list out the “bad words”. I usually get around 25 – 30 names within 5 minutes. My favourite is 2 stops short of Becontree…. (if you look at a London tube map you’ll see that Barking is two stops short of Becontree!). When I was in an art group we called our exhibition, “two pictures short of an exhibition”.
I am very “non PC” when it comes to my illness and when discussing mental health with fellow .. ah what should I put.. normally I would say fellow nutters, or fellow loonies, but this is a public blog, not in a pub with … stuck again! Hence my challenge, what should we call ouselves? Nutters, loonies, mental health service users, experts by expoerience…. HELP.
Please use the comments to tell me what you think, personally I think we should reclaim our own language, I’m a nutter and I’m proud!