The YouTube star claimed he was trying to ‘raise awareness’ of mental health issues by filming a dead body. It’s time to stop using this meaningless phrase

The words “outcry as YouTube star posts video of dead body in Japan” are so ludicrous, almost nonsensical, that they may as well have come from a random 2017 headline generator. Unfortunately, they don’t.

Logan Paul, a 22-year-old vlogger, has been castigated across the internet for publishing a video showing the body of a suicide victim in Aokigahara, a forest near Mount Fuji notorious as a site for multiple suicides every year. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (no relation) told Paul he should “rot in hell”; even Piers Morgan described him as a “sick, twisted, heartless little prick”.

'Awareness raising' is so ubiquitous a phrase that it has been rendered utterly meaningless.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".