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Angleterre : I've suffered from depression. The only life I've ever considered taking is my own

le 29 mars 2015

[The Guardian] For 15 years I was depressive on and off, and the ignorant speculation about Andreas Lubitz’s mental health strikes me as being harmful

However, while the outrage is understandable, some newspapers seem to have jumped the gun in linking depression and depressives with violence and murder. First, the information wasn’t all there at the time the newspapers went to press. And second, even when it did emerge that Lubitz had a history of depression and had been to see a doctor, does this mean all people with depression are an automatic risk to public safety? You’d think so, given some of the media output that followed.

A variety of front pages have insinuated a causal link between having depression and being a danger to the lives of others. The Mirror, for instance, screams at us that the “Killer pilot suffered from depression ”, as if those five words are all we need to know. As if everything is now neatly explained and answered. No messy question marks needed. The Daily Mail does have a question mark, but the question is this: “Why on earth was he allowed to fly?”

Source The Guardian