The Mental Health Awareness Club hosted a movie night on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 showcasing the five times Oscar winning One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It was an enjoyable movie with some very thought-provoking scenes which generated a thoughtful discussion afterwards. Although the movie did not clearly define what constituted a mental illness, it brought up an interesting point on the use of the word “crazy”. What does this word really mean? When we say “crazy” are we referring to a mental illness, psychosis, or are we simply making a statement about something that is “cool, awesome, totally rad”? How does the usage of the word crazy impact on your attitude towards mental health and mental illness? The movie also brought up the harsh reality of mental institutions in the 1960’s and the types of treatments they had. Is surgery and electroconvulsive therapy the best way to treat mental patients or are they simply ignoring their needs and “suppressing” them with the smallest amount of effort on the doctors/nurses’ side. This movie really made us reflect on how we as a society tends to dismissive of mental illness patients and how we see them by their illness and not who they are. We should work to create a welcoming environment for those with mental health issues and to remember that people are multifaceted and should not be defined by their mental illness but by who they are as people.
– The MHAC Events Team