Not quite a rant.

We watched Rookie Blue last night. I am at the cottage and using the phone to blog, so surfing to find images to enhance this post on this tiny keyboard is not going to happen. ๐Ÿ™‚

We really like Rookie Blue, it is a police show, but filmed in Toronto. They use real street names and we see places we know all the time.

Last nights show was interesting, I am not sure how to take it yet. I guess it depends on where the shows producers/writers take it.

One of the new officers dropped a pill container, there were meds in it to treat biplar disorder.

So now everyone seems to freak, that a police officer can have this disorder. Is it allowed, do they want to work with them. They didnt see who dropped the pills so they begin to suspect each other. The ugly stigma is fueled so much by this. I know it exists, These are often the reactions. Only though, because people do not understand.

They took it to a better place, when one officer discovers who is taking the meds she does not freak, does not overreact. I am hoping this continues and the person with bipolar is shown in a good way. She is obviously stable.

Yes you can be a police officer with a mental disorder. You will have assessments on a regular basis, this is a good thing though.ย  No not for public safety, sheish, but for the individual, monitoring is good, adjusting therapies or medications when needed rather than waiting. You can be anything you want to be.

A mental disorder does not mean a person needs to be kept in a jar somewhere. Remember one in five will have a mental illness of some type. This does not mean one in five can not function in society.

I really hope the show continues in the right direction with this. It would be disturbing to see them portray this officer in a bad way and make the stigma worse.

They have an opportunity to do something great here.


About sensuousamberville

I am a Practitioner, teacher and student. I think we should always be students, we should keep our minds open, to continue to learn. :-) Now a mother of two little ones.

7 responses »

  1. “A mental disorder does not mean a person needs to be kept in a jar somewhere.”
    Well said!

  2. I like that last part too (like stunnedandstunted) … jus because someone has a mental illness…does not mean they cannot function nod nods. And also, function and contribute in a positive way.

    I hope the program helps to dispel some of the stigma … good post again Amber.

  3. Who knows how many people in the world have mental disorders? But finding ONE hint of it, sets out a lavalanche! i have BPD myself and a huge struggel with the disorder – and I am not prejudice, but I have a “freind”(?) with bipolare and must admit the experiences I have had with her lately are very strenuous. So, my conclusion is – he, we all arenยดt that easy are we?

    Keep up the fight for gaining health. Love, Elke

    • it is sad that people react the way that they do. I am sure with more awareness this can change.

      easy.. not always perhaps, But this is true with people with out mental issues at times too. Not everyone is “user friendly”. But with patience and understanding we can help rather than alienate. Then we all grow. ๐Ÿ™‚


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