Friday, October 07, 2011

Mental illness? Yes, but also homophobia � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL)

Mental illness? Yes, but also homophobia � ~ BLOGGER.GUNNY.G.1984 ~ (BLOG & EMAIL):

Is teen suicide contagious?

Recent media coverage surrounding the seeming rise in youth suicides has suggested as much, working hard to warn us against a veritable epidemic of mental illnesses thought to be mysteriously infecting Canadian teenagers. But arguing that mentally ill youth are both more susceptible to, and the root cause of, suicidal ideation endorses a cultural passivity surrounding suicide. This lacklustre approach also enables each of us to overlook our responsibility in creating a culture that accepts teen suicide as inevitable and as an enigma beyond the scope of our comprehension or accountability.

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