#MentalIllnessIceBreakers is a shameful hashtag that mocks mental illness


San Francisco — Just when you thought social media could not get any lower, it does.

Trending (disgracefully) right now, is an ableist hashtag that literally stigmatizes mental illness like no other health condition.

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This is very revolting and disgusting. Imagine if this hashtag was #BreastCancerIceBreakers, #ParkinsonsIceBreakers or even #AutismIceBreakers.

Would you still think the hashtag be funny or even acceptable?

This is just another reason why we need organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Blurt Foundation. Stigmatic hashtags like this one, even if done in jest, are very harmful to someone like me, who suffer from numerous mental illnesses (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and depression just to name a few).

I just pray that no one who are making jokes on the hashtag has someone close to them who suffer from a debilitating illness such as depression.