People With Mental Illness: I’m So Sorry About Kenneth Cole’s Billboard

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People With Mental Illness,

I’m so sorry about Kenneth Cole’s billboard that perpetuates stigma, shame, and fear. I’m so sorry you have to see things like this pop up on your computer that makes you feel subhuman. These are both such important causes (gun control and adequate care for people with mental illness) but linking them is absolutely atrocious. One in four people in the world have suffered from mental illness. You are not an anomaly. You are not a freak. You are not less-than. You are not violent. You are not damaged. You don’t have to be ashamed or hide. People with mental illness are more likely to be victims of crimes. We are no more likely than the general population to be violent.

I’m so sorry about situations that messages like this billboard can cause. I’m so sorry that after you’ve uttered the words, “mental illness” something in…

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