Has anyone else here in Australia had enough of Matthew Newton? I am not here to glorify his stupid behaviour but I do want to make a point.
Let’s remember, this is a man who has had one charge of assaulting his former girlfriend squashed by the judge who thought he’d never do it again. Yeah, right! She was smart enough to leave him. His next girlfriend had an AVO (apprehended violence order) against him after he assaulted her and she feared for her life. Following this came the claims by his lawyer and all the other publicists that he had mental health problems. He has also been charged for allegedly assaulting a taxi driver here in Sydney, resisting arrest in Miami and lately, assaulting a hotel receptionist in Miami. But apparently, because he has mental health problems, he is excused. You have got to think that because it comes up in every story about him. Every time he messes up, we are reminded how he has had problems with his mental health.
And this is where I have an issue.
Where people blame mental health for their behaviour. Unless you have a psychotic mental health problem like schizphrenia you cannot use mental health as an excuse for your behaviour. The reason is that with psychosis, you are not always in control of your faculties and you are capable of believing the voices and the delusions. However, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and even addiction are NOT an excuse for bad behaviour. You don’t see every depressed individual out there punching people. You don’t see every anxious person getting into fights. And in the same way, not all people who assault their partners have a mental health problem. A personality problem, maybe. But not an excusable mental health problem.
Sadly, people like Matthew Newton give a bad name to those suffering from depression, anxiety and the like. Let’s face it…the general public’s knowledge about mental health is pretty basic. When they see someone in the limelight behaving in this manner and claiming mental health as their saviour, they are likely to assume that others with mental health problems are going to behave in this way too. Which is not fair to most people with genuine problems.
It’s about time the media stop writing about Matthew Newton’s mental health problems. And if he is found guilty of his latest assault, maybe he should be gaoled. That’s the only way he is eventually going to learn to take responsibility for his actions. Then again, he might not. But at least we won’t hear about him!
Until next time,