Why does the media ignore mental health? Because they suck!

Dear all television, radio and print media organizations,

I’d like to congratulate you on your awesome coverage of mental health topics and regular efforts to educate people about mental illness and mental-well being.

Just kidding.

you suck homer

Stop ignoring mental illness. Sure, you address mental health topics when there’s potential for ratings based on some terrible thing going on, like a mother killing her children or a celebrity having a public breakdown, but otherwise, not so much.

I want to know why you aren’t devoting significantly more airtime or print space to mental health topics on a regular basis.

Why?

You are super generous with your time and space when it comes to physical health. You have regular segments on the news - Heath Watch and Medical Watch and Medical Minute and a bunch of other names I can't think of right now, and you have experts talk about heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Unfortunately, you skim over mental health topics and mental illness if you mention it at all, and it seems that it takes a high profile celebrity to get your attention at all!

Addressing physical health topics and educating the public is important and I'm glad you are at least taking time to do that, but I just want to know why you don’t give the same time and consideration to mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. As a matter of fact, mental health problems are the root of many physical problems, and almost all physical health problems result in some form of emotional difficulty.

Why aren’t you giving equal time and space to mental health topics?

Why?

I guess you are too busy making room for horoscopes and silly news segments starring Grumpy Cat.

Like for example, my horoscope in local paper says that today is an 8, and I don’t know what the hecka fuck that means, but the advice about lining up funding to pay expenses and buy supplies will probably help me a lot more than reading suggestions about managing anxiety symptoms or simple tips to make it easier to get organized despite having a wicked awful case of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder!

you suck cartmann

Maybe I'm just being a persnickety bitch? I mean, as long as I know that the stars are in charge, I guess I really don’t need any practical and useful information. Screw making an effort to achieve wellness! What I need is to re-arrange my budget and line up proper funding for supplies and have a good giggle at your news anchors having a five minute snuggle with Grumpy Cat.

All bettah! Thank you!

Just kidding...

you suck billmurray

Anyhoo…I don’t know if you guys knew this, but May is Mental Health Month. Today is May 23rd, the month is half over, yet you have all but ignored this wonderful opportunity to partner with organizations like NAMI or local mental health providers to create some cool segments and news articles.

There is still time to get your schiznit together and make some mental health awareness magic! I know you can do it if you put your minds to it!

But you won’t. Because...

you suck phil

I mean, why take a few minutes during your broadcast or make room on your website or in your newspaper to help people learn to recognize, cope with and manage mental illness when Kim and Kayne are about to get married? I get it. I mean how many times does a girl get to be a blushing bride anyway?

kim k crying

I hope the sarcasm translated. But just in case it didn't, let me say it again...

you suc

I realize how immature I sound when I tell you that you suck, but I don’t care. The whole lot of you, suck! And that's sad. I’m a mental health professional and a blogger. I try to find a way to give attention to topics that are important to the people who read my stuff. I don’t filter and sugarcoat, and I write a lot about mental health, because I know how damn important it is and how devastating it can be for families struggling to find mental health information and resources.

You aren't dedicating nearly enough time and resources to mental health. Do better. Do more. STOP SUCKING! If you need help, you know where to find me.

SUCKERS!

Sincerely,

Nikki

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