People Share The Most Insensitive Thing Anyone Has Ever Said To Them About Mental Illness

Being open about a mental health issue isn’t always easy. But when met with comments that are ignorant, off the mark, or just plain insensitive, it’s enough to make a person regret they ever spoke about it at all. 

Recently, Hattie Gladwell, a reporter for the UK newspaper, Metro, asked people to share, “the most unhelpful/insensitive thing someone has said to you about your mental illness.” To get things started, she volunteered one of her own, using #ThingsPeopleHaveSaidAboutMyMentalIllness.

It didn’t take long, for those who could commiserate with Gladwell, to share similar stories.

Read Gladwell’s original Tweet:

Here’s a smattering of what people said:

Of course there’s the classic:

Seems like this person has truly heard it all before:

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers some eyeopening statistics on mental illness such as: 

1. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.

2. Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.

3. Mood disorders, including major depression, dysthymic disorder and bipolar disorder, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults aged 18–44.

Surprisingly, or maybe not surprisingly, medical doctors said some of the most insensitive things:

As did therapists: 

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. This 24-7 national network of local crisis centers provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

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