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Halloween Is Not A Time To Stigmatize Mental Illness

“Come quick it’s an emergency,” our 7 year old grandson said. He has a three year old brother and immediately we wondered what happened. With two active little boys you don’t know what will happen when you look away for a moment. “Come quick it is an emergency, follow me!”  “What is the emergency!”  “Quick we have to save the world.” With relief we followed and proceeded to save the world from “bad guys.” (You can relax we battled evil and won.) For Halloween the boys will be wearing costumes of Ironman and Captain America. For a few moments they will get to put on “courage”, “boldness.” and a desire to “save the world.” They will have fun dressing up for family members and I’m sure they will have a sugar high continuing into the following day, although their mother rations the candy. (As a grandfather there is no one to ration my candy intake!) Halloween can be fun, trying on an alter-ego and deciding which candy to eat first. But some costumes, most of which are adult costumes, can be offensive to those of us who suffer mental illness. Costumes like “psycho schizophrenic murderer”, the Psycho nurse, “Gone Mental,”…