This is a piece written by by Youth Voice Journal:
The recent controversy concerning Tesco and Asda halloween costumes perhaps tells us more about the challenge of combating mental health than anything else. While it is true that most people will have the common sense to realise that these images are grossly exaggerated stereotypes, on reflection it has clear potential to make it harder for those with mental illness to seek help, for fear of being called derogatory names like lunatic and makes pre-existing attitudes and stigma harder to eradicate. Is it right to complain if a work colleague had a heart attack and hadn’t turned up for work? Of course not. So what makes it different than, say, depression? This is a question that, it appears, too many people don’t want to face.