For those that don’t know, one of my degrees is in Criminal Justice. I’ve always taken an interest in crime and love watching all of those crime shows. If I had to pick a favorite channel, I would have to leave Lifetime Movie Network behind and say Investigation Discovery is my true favorite. I don’t know what it is that fascinates me so much, but I’m hooked. As I have been trying to figure out what my next career move is going to be, I have actually contemplated doing some crime reporting/journalism.
How does crime relate to mental illness? Well, the stigma out there is that the mentally ill should be feared and viewed as dangerous and are the ones who commit the crimes. Notice how all of the recent school shootings have brought up the mental illness issue fairly early on in their reporting. What about all of those who have mental illnesses who are not dangerous? What about those with mental illnesses that are actually victims of crimes? Those don’t usually get nearly as much media attention as those where the mentally ill person is the perpetrator, so of course it looks like those with mental illnesses are dangerous.
The justice system is supposed to be just that. JUSTICE. And in order to make sure justice is served, we have to make sure that those who take part in the justice system are not skewed in their beliefs about the mentally ill and do not practice based on stigmas that have evolved over the course of time. Only then can we really say that justice has been served. Let’s throw away the painted picture of someone with bipolar or schizophrenia running around the streets terrorizing people and turn it into one that depicts that people with a mental illness are more likely to be a danger to themselves than to others. Look at the suicide rates of those with a mental illness.
I hope to cover in my new blog, some cases where those with a mental illness have actually been the victim of a crime. I also plan to cover some random cases and/or cases that pop up in the media. I followed the Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias cases closely.
So, that said, here is the link for the new blog, but don’t worry, I will still keep blogging about mental health and the same things I used to blog about before! 🙂
Hey Hot Mess Investigators! I wanted to introduce the newest member of the investigative team. What better way to get info than straight from the courtroom!!!! Of course we have to keep sources confidential, so we will call her Trial Girl!