You can be an ex-convict, even a murderer, say, and maybe it won’t bother ’em a bit. They’ll give you a job, take you into their homes, make friends with you. But if you’ve got any kind of mental trouble, or if you’ve ever had any, well, that’s another story. They’re afraid of you. They want no part of you.
-After Dark, My Sweet
Jim Thompson, 1955
A wonderful quote from my favourite misanthrope. Also, quite relevant. Mental illness is still a stigma. Just as it was sixty years ago.