Kanye West’s recent hospitalization reignited the conversation on mental illness and trauma in Hollywood and is shedding light on the ways that we define and treat trauma in both children and adults.Though West has been released from the hospital and he has not announced any official diagnosis the public continues to speculate. Many believe the death of West’s mother was a trigger for his behavior.
With interest at a high, experts and journalists are taking the opportunity to educate the curious masses on the truth about mental health and treatment.
Psychodynamic psychotherapist Santiago Delboy discussed the way in which patients experience trauma in a LinkedIn post. Delboy asserts that trauma has become a mainstream term and when technical terms become normalized “the price of increased awareness is a diluted understanding of what they really mean”.
Jackson broke down the statistics of the audience using the example of a young man who witnessed domestic violence at a young age. This boy, Henry, encounters several people who may have helped him and changed the course of his life but they chose not to interfere. Jackson says that silence gives consent.
Dr. Jackson’s TED Talk:A Call to Connection: Making Childhood Trauma Personal.
The New York Times’ David Borenstein wrote about ACE initiatives in his article Putting the Power of Self-Knowledge to Work. Nancy Cambria, Children and Families reporter at the St. Louis Post Dispatch started the hashtag #takeabreakstl to bring attention to toxic stress. Cambria and the Post-Dispatch also produced pieces on de-stressing and appeasing trauma in youth through trauma informed schools.The National Alliance on Mental Health has started the #IStopStigmaBy campaign, urging people to take the pledge to action against harmful stereotypes and stigmas surrounding mental illness.Across the board it seems that experts are calling for more education and understanding on the issues of stress, trauma and mental illness.