Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

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Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby Shayla » 25th May, 2018, 8:03 am

Romantacised mental illness seems to be a more popular topic than it needs to be, so let me give you the short story.

For those unaware, romantacised mental illness is when somebody takes the name of a proper issue and makes it seem appealing. For example; depression, and writing it up as something poetic or deep. Depression isn't hooded lids and deep black clothing; it's a serious problem that needs to be looked at, nurtured and helped to heal.

In extreme cases, acts like these justify suicide.

Say there's somebody you know and love with a knife to their neck. Media and the promotion of mental illnesses being something to be romanticised, in my opinion, is about the equivalent of going up to the person and saying "suicide is beautiful".

As you can probably tell, I'm boycotting 13RW S2 because of all I've heard that's been put into it.

Of course my opinions on romantacised mental illness in social media is that it's contributing to the massive suicide epidemic that's growing by the day.

It'd be interesting to hear yours :D
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Re: Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby GerryMarpe » 25th May, 2018, 11:24 am

I totally agree with you. I was actually speaking about this with some friends a few days ago, it seems like nowadays not just mental illness but all sorts of toxic friendships/relationships and unhealthy habits and thoughts have been idealised and turned into "the new cool". Mental illnesses are romantic, toxic relationships are pop songs material to sing about over and over not like something negative but like something you're sad it's over bc being jealous of one another is relationships goals. It's gotten to a point where humour consists of mostly self-deprecating jokes and saying you look good rather than you're trash is being a narcissist.

It's like we went from the really unhealthy "coolness" standards of trying to be the absolute best and completely perfect and healthy to just trying to be as mentally unhealthy as we can bc that's what's in rn (it's everywhere from tv series to songs, films or social media, even the way we communicate with one another, e.g.: bringing ourselves down to compliment someone's looks instead of just complimenting them without being unnecessary mean to ourselves).

I'm not saying we should go back to the days of trying to achieve perfection and being a 2018 version of Narcissus but what we have today is just as unhealthy as what we had before, plus this way of thinking is probably quite responsible for the huge amount of mental illness problems that people from younger generations are suffering (I mean, iirc millennials are the generation with the biggest percentage of people that are suffering from a mental illness) which is obviously related to the "massive suicide epidemic" that you mentioned.
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Re: Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby Dolly » 25th May, 2018, 12:54 pm

noah fence but its mostly kids in ur generation that pretend to have problems just cuz u might get a lil stressed over an exam or speaking in front of a large audience

plus, it's kinda retarded to boycott 13RW cuz virtually all of the episodes have trigger warnings and provide information for at-risk ppl
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Re: Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby Shayla » 25th May, 2018, 1:15 pm

Ok yes @ dolly I entirely agree with your first point, that's also another thing happening because of all this justification of mental illness n yada yada.

Although with the whole 13RW, I understand it's not my show I didn't direct it and people still enjoyed it but that doesn't make what they chose to put in there appropriate. Such graphic events aren't the kind of things that should be promoted through media, hence the whole thread and the topic goes full circle. It was just a genuinely disgusting move tbh
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Re: Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby KrisCross » 26th May, 2018, 9:03 pm

Tbh there's a whole culture around it on the internet these days, even in memes and jokes. I mean I love me some self-deprecating humor, but it's quite bad to joke about wanting to die 24/7 when you're actually depressed.

That said, I haven't seen 13RW, but I fully disagree with the notion that certain things can be considered 'too far' or inappropriate for TV-shows, movies or any form of media/art, given that it comes with the proper warnings. Graphic depictions aren't necessarily 'promoting' anything, a director should have artistic freedom.
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Re: Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby Dua Lipa » 26th May, 2018, 9:25 pm

13rw is literally the opposite of romanticising mental illness or promoting it. The entire agenda of the show is pushing an anti-bullying campaign and showing how people's actions have consequences and even on the suicide itself they focus heavily on how badly it affects her family and friends. It kind of sounds like you've read one of those angry triggered comments on Facebook and made a decision without even knowing what goes on in the show. That being said yes in our culture people seem to think being depressed or having mental illness is cool or use it to garner sympathy, you just have to look in the Discord at any given time and someone will be saying their life sucks and they want to die or a new member will join and be like 'im nyanowobob and i have depression, anxiety' & whatever other mental illness they think it's fashionable to list.
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Re: Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby Petre » 27th May, 2018, 12:17 pm

The whole point of "Thirteen Reasons Why" isn't to promote suicide, it's to raise awareness. Literally Robin Williams's suicide was more of a risk to the public because suicides in the US increased 10% in the months following his suicide.
If people don't want to see the graphics, then read the book (which is, by far, way better than the show. It was so interesting that I read the thing in a few hours). There are ways around this stuff.
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Re: Romanticised Mental Illness in Social Media & Modern Day

Unread postby TheBrunswickian » 27th May, 2018, 11:47 pm

I haven't watched 13RW because it really doesn't interest me. But from my understanding it doesn't romanticise mental health or suicide because of the way it portrays them as brutal and horrible, to such an extent that it has required disclaimers.
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