A GERMAN toymaker is selling a range of soft toys, each of which has their own psychiatric disorder.
The toys range from Dub, a turtle who suffers depression, to Kroko, a crocodile with an acute phobia of water, as well as an hallucinating snake called Sly and a sheep called Dolly who has a personality disorder.
The cuddly toys are sold from parapluesch.de website, styling itself the Psychiatric Institute for Abused Cuddly Toys, where customers can also play an online game as a doctor trying to diagnose the toys' problems.
With last Sunday (the 10th of October) being WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY are these toys merely a bit of fun that might, just might, have some therapeutic value OR are they just a way of promoting a new idea in toys that make fun of those with mental health issues?
Undecided myself, I confess that my first thought was to laugh at the idea of a sheep with a personality disorder. But then I suppose political correctness raised its head and I started to think are these toys really appropriate or are they just encouraging people to mock those suffering with such an illness? Then again, could they be a great way of introducing the whole topic of mental illness in a non-threatening, fun way? Hmm - what do you think?