Good Crazy, Bad Crazy


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There’s a post doing the rounds on Facebook with a couple of Despicable Me characters smiling effusively at each other. The line reads “If you have crazy friends you have everything”. I like the image. I like the line. I shared it. I’ve shared it here and if I knew how to tweet it easily I probably would’ve done that too. This is the good crazy. It’s the kind of crazy that I like to be associated with… a bit different, a bit loud, a bit prepared to do a lot of things that many others may not feel so comfortable with.

I was in East Malvern this week. It is where the ArtWorks@ Mr Percival gallery space I curate is located. Having parked my car on the opposite side of the road I was waiting for the traffic to pass before crossing. While I was waiting a rather large and very vocal woman was standing at the tram stop. She was telling anyone within shouting distance about her haircut. How she just got it. Where she got it done. How good it looked. This is the type of behaviour that has many of us stay on the other side of the road until the tram comes. Or we walk to the tram stop before and catch the next tram. It’s the “crazy” label many of us use when we are uncomfortable and don’t know how to deal with someone outside what we think is ‘normal’. My take on it was that she had a mild intellectual disability and clearly happy with her hair cut.

And then there is mind health “crazy”… those of us whose brains will just not behave in the way we, you, our families’, or society would like them to behave… even when medication is used.

Crazy… It’s a word that is easy to throw around. It can be humourously self-deprecating, it can be indicative of how we feel about the world of work or the world in general, it’s a term we use when we’re uncomfortable with the ability or mind health, brain functioning of others.

Given my aim is to have us all be OK to speak openly and comfortably about mind health matters – the good, the bad and the ugly – what can you do for yourself to step outside your known zone and get to know more about what happens with those of us who are in the your unknown zone.

And for those of us out there in the unknown zone what could you consider doing to let others know a little be more about their unknown zones?

I’d love to hear how you go…

May your days be resilient ones!

Because your Mind Health Matters…

Jacqui Chaplin | jacqui@jacquichaplin.com | +61 (0) 412 741 531


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