|A picture of Christ Church College in |
Oxford, which I keep meaning to write
about but haven't yet.
He argued that using terms like "mental health" takes the responsibility away from the school and puts it on the students - they didn't kill themselves because the school created or allowed horrible conditions, they killed themselves because there was something wrong with them. He used a quote from a girl at the school who went to psychiatric treatment, listing all of the things she'd been diagnosed with as something she "had" - "They said I had anger, depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety, an eating disorder" - even though she experienced them as a part of herself and her experience. He was arguing, I think, that a focus like that on symptoms to be fixed can be dehumanizing and doesn't really address the problem - the things a depressed person actually has to be sad about, for instance.
I'm not quite sure how I feel about his argument, but it was an interesting way of looking at it, particularly in the particular instance of this school district. I definitely recommend it.