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. 🙂
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. 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.