Something to think about

We need to accept collective responsibility for the suffering and injustice we inflict on one another, and rebranding and camouflaging the effects of trauma, loss, and stress as mental disease directs attention and resources away from creating a safer, fairer, and more just society — a society in which more individuals are able to flourish and thrive, in which the most vulnerable are protected, in which perpetrators are held fully accountable for the impact of their actions, where survivors are not pathologized, and where those who have been shattered by devastating events are greeted with compassion, empathy, respect, and hope for their healing. Crucially, this should also include more and better support for vulnerable children and distressed families in distressed environments, as well as increased funding for research initiatives that investigate viable psychological and social alternatives for preventing and alleviating mental health problems (therefore moving away from funding councils’ current preference for genetic, biological, and pharmacological studies).

Longden, Eleanor (2013-08-04). Learning from the Voices in My Head (TED Books) (Kindle Locations 871-878). TED Conferences. Kindle Edition.

5 Comments on Something to think about

  1. edenland
    September 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm (1 year ago)


    “… where survivors are not pathologized.”

    Wow. This entire quote is beautiful and bold and new and TRUE.


    • Jade Craven
      September 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm (1 year ago)


      While there is a medical basis in a lot of mental illness, it’s also heavily tied into the direct experiences that people have gone through. Imagine how useful quotes such as this could be to people early in their treatment? I’m only finding it now and thinking ‘damn! This could have helped 5, 10 years ago)

      Glad it resonated with you. I need to find where I’ve hidden other quotes + ideas as I think all this research may be for a bigger reason.

  2. Renee
    September 5, 2013 at 5:48 pm (1 year ago)

    WHOA!!! How thought provoking and awesome is this quote. I love it and I pray that this is brought to life.

    Thanks for sharing Jade!


    • Jade Craven
      September 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm (1 year ago)

      I think it will be over my lifetime, as people learn more about managing and treating mental illness. And, I believe it’s people like Eden and myself who may be able to contribute to that change. Those who have gone through a lot in terms of treatment and have unique insights as to how we can make things better.

      We are so fucking fortunate to be in Australia where they have a better approach to treating mental illness. It’s less fragmented.

      (I should stop rambling and find some chocolate! :) )

      Thanks for commenting x

  3. Dorothy
    September 9, 2013 at 3:44 pm (1 year ago)

    This is brilliant. It would make me so happy if those responsible for my mental health issues were held accountable and made to make amends.


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