Recently I have noticed a peppering of showbiz ‘personalities’ who express their frustration with people sharing their experience of mental health, they cry man up! One particular comment is from Piers Morgan, he states: “I’m not convinced by this new trend of male public soul-breaking. Time for our gender to get a grip, methinks. Life’s tough – man up.”
I am writing to you to outline my concerns at a recent tweet that was published by your twitter page. In the tweet you posted a big photo of “The Yorkshire Ripper” with the caption “The Yorkshire Ripper has been moved from hospital to prison. What’s it like to live with a serious mental illness?”. As a media outlet you have immense power to influence and challenge public perceptions and stereotypes, your tagline is “Leading Britain’s Conversation”. I have to ask what does it say about the leadership you are providing when you are prepared to publish something so stigmatising?