The worst time to be a person with a mental illness is in the wake of a mass shooting. After two such incidents in the United States in a matter of days, one in Atlanta and one in Boulder, Colorado, I can attest how painful it is to scroll through social media and witness the singling out of people like me.
Like many of my peers with mental illness, I have no criminal history. I am a vegetarian, someone who wouldn’t even harm an animal, much less a human person.
Yet, whenever mass shootings befall the United States, many people’s knee jerk reaction is to blame those individuals “over there” — the “crazy people,” as one Facebook friend derided us.Read more on themighty.com