Today's facepalm is undoubtedly the front pages - emphasizing that Andreas Lubitz suffered from mental health issues. Lubitz was the co-pilot of the crashed German Wings' plane, and appears to have deliberately crashed the plane. Blaming his depression on this is unhelpful, unproven, and stigmazing to 1 in 4 people in Britain.
Will we ever get through a story on mental health without the front pages making me imitate Munch’s The Scream in the newsagent’s? It’s looking increasingly unlikely – and frankly, I’m starting to worry everyone in the Whitechapel Londis. Because those of us who live with depression – our own, or our loved ones’ – know only too well what a headline like this does. On their way to work this morning, thousands of people who suffer from a disease whose symptoms include feelings of worthlessless and lack of confidence will have passed a headline that implies they oughn’t to be allowed certain jobs. To be fair, you’ve got to hand it to the Mail sub-editors: 16 words is a pretty efficient length in which to kick people while they’re down.