Many of my Dear Readers will remember the great comic Tommy Cooper and his wonderful clownery, one of my favourite jokes by him was:
Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. And there are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my Mum or my Dad. Or my older brother Colin. Or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu. But I think it's Colin.
I laugh at the sheer stupidity of the humour and visualisation but now see it in a different way when said thus:
Apparently, 1 in 4 people in the world have suffered from a mental illness in the last year. And there are 4 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my Mum or my Dad. Or my older brother Colin. Or Me.But I think it's Colin. But then again it could be me.
Now look around you, you may be on a train, in an open plan office or sitting in your armchair surrounded by your family. Now say to yourself "1 in 4 people I am looking at have or are suffering from a mental illness.....But then again it could be me"
It seems hard to contemplate that this could be a person you know, or work with, or bump into every day. You can be heard to say:
- "Fred, no way was Fred depressed he was always a joker in the office, always smiling, no way could it be Fred!"
- "Freda was always a miserable old cow, always said she would come out with us, never did."
- "That Fred is a little bit weird, never smiles stay away from him is my advice"
Don't be ashamed, we have all said or made an excuse once but just heed the words that in every crowd 1 in 4 people will be suffering with a mental illness and that one person may be you. It sometimes takes a brave person to approach someone they care for and ask them if they are OK and listen to them, not judge, just listen.
In conclusion, It could Ho-Cha-Chu but I still think it is Colin.
I'll let you decide