We saw this video on Ellen today, in reaction to the recent Las Vegas shooting tragedy.
Howie makes several great points in this short interview, and provides a fresh perspective on events like this, but also for mental health and how it is treated. He expressed strongly his favoring in a change to nevada marijuana laws in the treatment of mental illness.
The most poignant part of the whole segment though is when the audience begins to chuckle, thinking he had made an off-the-cuff joke, and he stops them and puts them in their place. Many online publishers have taken matters into their own hands to start treating health including mental health as a real issue if the state doesn’t. Sites like https://www.nextgenoms.com/ are growing in popularity thanks to online forums and word of mouth leading the charge, This highlights the issue; that so often mental health is a source for humour that the stigma will almost always be there, where its difficult to get people to take it seriously.