Halloween and the myth of the mental disease

Halloween and the stigma of the mental disease

How to stop the myths of which the mental disease gives fear.

Halloween is one of the registered oldest celebrations. The tradition began more ago than two thousand years with the Celts, who thought that the limit between worlds of alive and the dead became blurred the 31 from October.

In that €œEve of Halloween€, also called the Festival of Samhain, the Celts made bonfires and used ghostly disguises to move away to the malignant spirits. Some took to lanterns done of Popes or turnips to intimidate the demons who thought that they were to his around.

In EE.UU the National Alliance on Mental Diseases remembers to us that not only it is the season of the ghosts and the genies, but also the stigma.

The disguises and the attractions of season that present psychopaths, mental patients and mental hospitals perpetuate the stereotypes of which the mental disease is frightful, frightful and horrible.

Designed as funny, these violent stereotypes serve to perpetuate the stigma, which was denounced long ago by the ex- general surgeon of EE. UU., Dr. David Satcher, as an enormous source of prejudices and discrimination for children and adults who live with mental diseases.


4 advice to eliminate the stigma of Halloween


  1. He thinks about your disguise. When choosing a attire, considers carefully if the disguise that you or its son wear foments erroneous ideas on the people with mental diseases or demonizar¡ to the people who fight with such upheavals.
  2. It avoids the attractions that perpetuate the stigma. It resists to pay the admission or to visit local attractions that include mental patients, psychopaths, monsters, weirdos and/or urban legend. If one feels indignant, it considers to put itself in touch with the civil servers of his local government to share his feelings on this estigmatizante form of entertainment.
  3. To decorate suitably. The decoration of Halloween in interiors or exteriors must reflect the suitable harvest or subjects of fear. The ghosts, sorceresses, genies, zombies and others are free of stigma, like the maize pumpkins, stems and the spiderwebs.
  4. It decides if it is the suitable moment to initiate the fight. Halloween is one season of diversion for children of all the ages. To see a estigmatizante disguise or to be present at an event of degrading entertainment can hurt, but it does not feel that it must reach and teach which knows. It is well leaving others fight against the discrimination of mental health.


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