The Daily Mail’s (Tasteless) Headline On Aaron Lennon and His Mental Health
Yesterday I saw the news that Aaron Lennon had been detained under the mental health act. My first reaction was why? Details seemed to be very limited so I left the subject until further notice. I go on twitter this morning and see the following tweet by the daily mail:
I am absolutely disgusted that a big news outlet like the daily mail would publish such a derogatory headline on a sensitive subject like mental health. Firstly what has Aaron Lennon’s salary got to do with the situation? Why focus on criminalising him instead of putting the attention on the real problem – his health.
Maybe it’s because he’s a well paid footballer? Did his skin colour have an influence on the headline? A study by Dr. John Wilson of Montclair State University in New Jersey shows that Black men are seen as bigger, stronger and more dangerous than same-sized white men. Ironically this study was also published by the daily mail.
Whatever the reason maybe – this article shows that there is still A LOT of work that needs doing to end the stigma (#endthestigma). This is 2017 – yet the same careless attitudes towards stress, depression and anxiety are being shown. This needs to stop NOW!
Get well soon Aaron Lennon!