BlogOne – The Blame Game: Mental Health

Mental Health as the undefined controversy

Blog One

Mental Health is a term that is consumed by personal, educational and cultural interfaces. The essence of its integrity within today’s world is one that is near impossible to rightly define and to gain access to. Independent learning is a secondary practice, with the primary educator is the media, absorbed mostly in a unconscious impacting presence.
In a society that is filled with artificial interfaces created by media and lifestyle heightened expectations, the discourse of mental health has been completely morphed into a abstract entity.  Constantly focused on endless solutions or someone to blame for the negative stigmas against mental health, it is more than apparent that we truly have no idea. The reality of the concept is through the exposure and research into very recent secondary sourced articles. The authors control over the issue is the apparent, however the inquisition to the exposition of the stigma of mental health needs interogating!

Caitlyn Gribbin a federal political reporter along with national affairs correspondent Greg Jennett for ABC news are influential journalists. Each narrators actively inform through the active assertion of entertaining the public with political news in an accessible interface. ABC news prides themselves for providing the latest breaking news delivering a

 contemporary, continuous news service that reflects the reputation for quality, trust and independence and embraces all the opportunities enabled by digital technology.”
(ABC News 24, 2016, para. 2)

However the article explaining Malcom Turnbulls push to investigate Australian terror suspect’s mental health files as a key to unlock future attacks is a construct of propaganda- significantly diminishing the perception of mental health within the construct of society. As the journalists focus on the government enforcing national security, they are painting a stigma of brutality and terror when discussion the issue of mental illness.

The authors use of the phrase ‘terror suspects links to mental illness’ (Gribbin, 2016, para. 6) without support of evidence or truth. The article becomes an implicit bias piece of writing, masked by the reputable prominence of the trustworthy ABC news. By enlightening the public with the ‘great actions’ in which the Australian government is heroically trying to perform for national security, the sheer victimisation of the topic of mental health is heavily misconstrued. The two journalists positions are unsurprisingly enhancing the blame game towards the preconceived notion of danger when discussing the conduct of mental health.

Bianca Hall legal affairs reporter for The Age based in Melbourne Australia, constructs an notification against the urgency of the Crisis of the Mental Health sector within Australia. Hall regularly writes articles concerning legal affairs with the use of informed facts and primary sources on each topic she engages with. With the expert interjection of Professor Patrick McGorry and the explicit use of dialogue including crisis with mental Health, again the negative stigma surrounding the issue is amplified. She does not present herself as an expect on Australia’s mental health, however presents a sturdy platform for Patrick McGorry a psychiatrist and professor of youth mental heath at the University of Melbourne.

Hall forms an urgent position towards the attention needed for the Commonwealth of Australia, both politicians and the public to realise the necessity of more funds needed within the mental health sector.

The Commonwealth Government currently spends about $10 billion a year on mental health but Professor McGorry said about half of this was spent on welfare payments, which were “the cost of failure, not the cost of direct care”. It’s estimated 50 per cent of Australians suffer mental illness at some point in their lives.” (Hall, 2015 para. 4)

Hall cleverly inserts facts that will shock the general public with the neglect within the mental health Australia. However Hall places an enhanced blame towards  politicians for the size of Mental Health issues within Australia, without presenting any factors that have contributed to the lack of accessibility of mental health services. Constructive prompts are severely lacking to provide possible solutions for the failure of accessing mental health care within Australia.

Sarah Griffiths approach to engage with the hot topic concerning Mental Health motivating its audiences to redefine societies ability to blame the issues concerning Mental Health upon leading consumer brands. Griffith writes on trending social pieces for the British based gossip forum The Daily Mail about anything that will attenuate audiences in for the sake of entertainment value.

Griffith’s capitalisation against the well identified brands Apple and Samsung, is a perfect case study/ victim to pin against the continuation of the issues of Mental Health in a globalised sense. Griffith highlights their lack of attention for informative voice return commands when inquiring about mental health to the device programs of Siri and Samsung S Voice.

‘The smartphones were found to be of little help when a user says ‘I am depressed’. Not one of the conversational agents referred the users to a depression helpline.’
(Griffith, 2016, para. 16)

Griffiths intentional use of ‘shock value’ is hilariously ironic through the demonstration of the technologies lack of ability to provide solutions. Griffiths as an author provides no informed key to counteract the issue she presents within the technological accessibility through globalisation.

Simone Mitchell a lifestyle editor writes for the Sydney paper, The Daily Telegraph, an ‘informative, compassionate and sympathetic’ (The Daily Telegraph, 2016, para. 2) source for readers. However Mitchell extremely un-compassionately narrates an extremely dimensional and complex portion of Mental Health to one that is objectified and simplified to a scientific break through.

Through the narration of a primary source Nic Newling along with the studies of Macquarie University Professor Gilles Giullemin, the author draws audiences into a one dimensional  detection. Quite simply mental illness’s are black and white- forming an identity through the simple process of a naïve blood test diagnosis. Although the science breakthrough is not fabricated, the unsympathetic and desensitised direction Mitchell formed when forming the article is simply outrageous.

As a lifestyle writer, surely Mitchell is able to grasp intricate manifestations within the issues of Mental Health, to create a contextual and well-executed piece directed towards Mental Health. Again ignorance is well established when addressing Mental Health within present day Australia.

Bettina Friedrich, University of Sydney Academic Researcher, finally and decisively speaks out against media’s false construct that terror attacks have placed on the speculation of Mental Health Problems. Friedrich amplifies the media’s influence upon societies negative stigma towards mental health issues, and the almost shaming label it places upon individuals.

The Academic researcher, provides her well-informed opinions on The Conversation Media Group, a not for profit, independent media outlet, enabling her words to be accessed for the need of genuine discussion upon other reputable sources.

While aggressive and violent behaviour can of course occur in people with depression (like in all other people), it is not a symptom. It is important for officials and the media to use the right wording so it does not feed into the misconception that violent behaviour is typical of those with mental health problems; it is especially not typical of people with depression.” (Friedrich, 2016, para. 14)

The position Friedrich takes is extremely refreshing as she explains that the Media needs to be extremely mindful when writing about mental health issues in conjunction with aggressive behaviours;

Stigmatising reporting of an incident with high public attention can increase stigma and quickly undo positive effects that years of educational campaigning around mental health might have achieved”. (Friedrich, 2016, para. 19)

The author amplifies the term ‘stigma’ relative to the subjects of mental health, and illustrates the immense damage it is causing. It is extensively clear that the term ‘mental health’ is a concerning issue with a cyclonic devastating scare that it has and continues to make within Australia.

It is extremely difficult for the general public to openly discover what defining actuality of mental health. The largest attainable platform, the media, is not permitting it. The only aspects we have a colossal amount of access to are the possible agents to blame for the issues of the negative placement of mental health within an individuals environment.

ABC News 24 2016, ABC News 24:About, viewed 3 August 2016 <;

Gribbin, C 2016. Malcom Turnbull says Government could probe terror suspects’ link to mental illness, past criminal behaviour, ABC News, viewed 3 August 2016, <;

Hall, B. 2015, Australia in the middle of “mental health crisis” with unnecessary deaths escalating, The Age, Melbourne, viewed 4 August 2016, <;

The Daily Telegraph.2016, The Daily Telegraph:About, Sydney, viewed 10 August 2016, <;

Mitchell, B. 2016, Deadly chemical that could be hiding in your blood, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney, viewed 11 August 2016, <https://the>

Friedrich,B. 2016, From act of terrorism to mental health symptom: we’re shifting blame but at what cost?, The Conversation, Sydney, viewed 9 August 2016 <;


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