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Illness Acceptance Comics

These Comics Illuminate the Hypocrisy of How People Treat Mental Illness

— October 8, 2015 — Lifestyle
The way employers, friends and family treat mental illness in our society is very different from the way we treat physical ailments -- and yet both can be just as serious impediments to work and life.

Buzzfeed illustrator Haejin Park created this series of insightful comics to compare how people treat physical illness versus how they treat mental illness. In the series of comics showcasing physical illness, bosses and friends demonstrate concern and understanding for the needs of someone suffering from a flu or an injury. In the way they treat mental illness, however, there is an apparent lack of compassion or credit given to the afflicted person. Others offer uninformed suggestions, blame and criticism in place of genuine care.
Trend Themes
1. Mental Illness Awareness - There is an opportunity for innovative campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness and educate the public about the importance of treating mental illness with the same compassion as physical ailments.
2. Stigma Reduction - Innovative solutions can focus on reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, promoting acceptance and empathy in society.
3. Mental Health Support Services - The growing demand for mental health support services presents an opportunity for disruptive innovations that provide accessible and effective resources for individuals facing mental health challenges.
Industry Implications
1. Healthcare - The healthcare industry can leverage technology and new approaches to provide better mental health support and treatment options for patients.
2. Education - The education industry can play a role in addressing the stigma around mental illness by integrating mental health education into curricula and fostering a more compassionate learning environment.
3. Media and Entertainment - The media and entertainment industry can contribute to reducing the stigma of mental illness by promoting accurate and empathetic portrayals in movies, TV shows, and other forms of media.
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