Facebook quiz 'trivialises mental health problems'

Rethink has branded a mental health quiz by social networking site Facebook "disgusting".

The mental health charity is calling for the quiz, which is called What mental disorder do you have?, to be taken down and claims it trivialises the issue.

The quiz was posted by by Froonie, a technology and telecommunications service.

It goes on to say: “C’mon, we know you must have something!” At the end, the participant is given a diagnosis: those deemed to have manic depression are advised to “start living” and to “eat lots of fast food and candy”, while those diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder are told “Relax! You have OCD and it’s annoying everyone you come in contact with.”

Jane Harris, head of campaigns at Rethink, said: “Not only is this quiz irresponsible, it is also potentially damaging to people who may be experiencing real symptoms of mental illness. People experiencing mental distress often turn to the internet in search of information and advice.

“Being told to ‘relax’ or ‘eat lots of fast food’ is neither helpful nor sensible advice. The makers of this quiz should be ashamed and Facebook should take the quiz down immediately. It is not acceptable for mental illness to be trivialised in such a way.”

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