Thoughts on Vastaamo case – Everyone has the right to NOT talk about their mental health issues #enlue #enjaa
Everyone has the right to privacy. And everyone has the right to be seen and heard in a safe place. There is absolutely no shame in suffering from mental health issues or going to therapy. Yet everyone should have the right to decide whether they want to talk about it openly, or not.
Vastaamo data system break-in shocked us, like it did tens or hundreds of thousands Finnish people.
The privately-run psychotherapy centre Vastaamo's database was hacked and sensitive information about its clients was leaked a couple of weeks ago. The hackers who stole the data made attempts to extort money in exchange for its return.
We have been promoting openness and ending the stigma around mental health for almost two years, since Depressio &co. was founded in 2019.
We see that there's absolutely no shame in suffering from mental health issues or going to therapy. Yet, everyone has the right to decide whether they want to talk about it publicly, or not.
Furthermore, information linked to therapy sessions is highly confidential. Often at therapy, we talk about things which are most sensitive, even traumatizing, and share our deepest, most vulnerable secrets in a safe space.
Vastaamo case is not shocking (only) because it reveals a large number of therapy patients' names and personal information but because it threatens the most vulnerable parts of being a human. The victims are people who have been courageous enough to begin the process of healing, the process of facing even devastating problems and traumas in their lives. They have the right to keep their stories and history to themselves.
Our slogan is: "We need to talk (about it)." But now we also want to remind that you also have the right to NOT talk about it. You have the right to hide.
That's why we will never read, share or comment any data linked to Vastaamo leak. We encourage everyone to do the same. Let's not talk about it. Let's protect the victims and give them all the support they might need.
We are in this together.