Insensitivity to people suffering

Well written and very true

BY LAUREN HAYLEY

I think it goes without saying that it’s really important that stigma and nastiness surrounding mental health disorders is eliminated as much as possible from our society. But then there’s the other side to it – the insensitive side, not in a nasty way, but in an unhelpful and potentially damaging way.

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When I was in my first year at university, I lived with a girl who like the majority of us had moved quite a long distance away from home. She suffered with depression beforehand and struggled with university much more than she had anticipated. Therefore, she decided to leave and return home after just two months.

The problem she had was the rent. We lived in the most expensive accommodation at our university, and were under contract to pay the £120 a week until the end of the academic year – and she just couldn’t afford to pay this after the student…

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