Melinda Kerr

Melbourne, Australia

G’day all, my name is Melinda but my mates call me Mel, so feel free. I live by the beach in Elwood, Victoria, Australia. I...

Melbourne & Victoria prepare to hate me. I have a massive problem with _some_ of the Aradale shots...

Been wondering whether to say anything…

but seeing as we’re into self expression and all…

I have spent a lot of my life caring for a member of my family with mental illness.

It’s bloody hard hard work.

But I do it because I love them.

And more importantly I respect them.

Herein lies the drum…

I would like to formalise my sadness at some not all of the photos taken at Aradale last weekend.

Guys this was a place of torment, horror, misguided judgement and ultimately whether or not deliberate, a place of inhumanity.

The people who lived here had souls, fears and sufferings. That precious few understood and precious few still understand.

In my opinion the parody displayed is some shots is really disappointing. Man it’s tough enough for people with mental illness it REALLY is. It can’t be seen and is so so often mocked or disbelieved.

And it’s tough for carers too.

I know some people will say ‘get real, it’s artistic interpretation..’ Maybe.

But I wonder when perhaps restraint is the better part of valour.

Others will say ’Don’t look if you don’t want too.’ To which i say, you have no idea how much I’ve already seen.

And still some will say ‘Get a life.’

Problem is, this is my life.

I know this will make me the outcast of ‘the group.’

But those of you who know me, know I speak with heart, love and respect for the dignity of people.

Disagree by all means.

Thanks for the chance to speak up.

Peace.

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