Letter: Don’t mock Katy Perry’s dark thoughts
Re: ‘Katy Perry considered suicide after divorce’ (Metro, Oct. 1)
As a high school teacher, I am terribly concerned by the message that Dorothy Robinson’s Word article sends to young people and adults alike. How shocking that in 2013, we still have people like Ms. Robinson who are interested in mocking mental illness and suicidal thoughts. Whether or not Katy Perry was actually suicidal or did indeed suffer from mental illness in the form of depression, this article’s judgment sends the wrong message. Responding to someone’s mental health concern with, “like, she must have realized she would pull through this,” completely disregards the crippling effect of mental illness.
While this article may not be keeping Katy Perry up at night, it certainly says to us regular folks that thoughts of suicide are a laughing matter that are under the control of the individual. Shame on Ms. Robinson for her detrimental statement.
Lauren Slater, via email