Welcome to our roundup of the best mental-health related articles you may have missed. This week, we have a personal look at the dangers of crediting creativity to mental illness, Instagram’s new efforts to help us in a crisis, and speculation about whether mental health issues will (or should) get uploaded with us in the hypothetical transhumanist future.
“Of course, there are kernels of truth here: Many artists and storytellers do live with mental illness. But many don’t. And what I want to say today I guess is that you can be sane and be an artist, and also that if you are sick, getting help — although it is hard and exhausting and inexcusably difficult to access — will not make you less of an artist.”
Author John Green (The Fault In Our Stars) takes to Medium to talk about dangerous romantic notion that creativity both requires and is worth suffering the worst of untreated mental health issues.
“The feature is activated in one of two ways: by a post that looks like a threat of self-harm (or search for posts related to this topic) or by a concerned follower. And once that happens, Instagram sends the flagged user the following message: “Someone saw one of your posts and thinks you might be going through a difficult time. If you need support, we’d like to help.” It then gives users three different options: message or call a friend, get in touch with a helpline, or reading through tips and support.”
Instagram has now joined several other social networks, including Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, in trying to help users get through with mental health crises. Fortune has the details.
“Patients who come to the ER because of physical ailments can usually be sent home, Lippert says, ‘because we know they’ll be evaluated by [their] doctor in one or two days.’ But psychiatric patients don’t always have that option because of gaps in the mental health care system.”
NPR looks at how the limitations of mental health care support in the United States sends people to the ER, and often keeps them there far longer than should be necessary.
“Do you think that those negative emotions are also fundamental to what it means to be human?
Well, if they are, it’s not necessarily a part we want to keep. Mortality has always been part of what it is to be human. We can move beyond that. Again, not without some caution, because we don’t want to become emotionless. A lot of people always think of Mr. Spock, right? — they always think that transhumanists are thinking of some kind of emotionless logic machine. And that’s not at all the transhumanist view.”
Inverse speculates on the future of transhumanism, and what that might mean for mental health issues, with the help of Max More, CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation.
Some days you’re the big frenchie. Some days… you’re not.
And on that note, we’re off. We’ll be back next week with another outstanding article from one of our mental health experts and a lot more. If you haven’t checked out the Gamers For Good Kickstarter, don’t forget to take a look — at time of writing, it’s almost reached its funding goal. And if you’re heading to PAX Australia or you’d like to support our efforts there, we could use a little help. But most of all, take care of yourselves — and each other.