#Callum became a trending top on Twitter Wednesday night after the great custard fiasco for all the wrong reasons.Callum is a competent contestant on MasterChef
and has survived to the finals. It’s great he is still there because he is troubled with issues to do with anxiety. He breaks out in blotches and he becomes incredibly nervous. Most of the time he manages and still performs well as he did with his violet macaroons. He is bright, intelligent, takes things seriously and Jamie Oliver seemed to understand him well when Callum won the lesson with him. Callum absorbs information easily. In a way it is good that Callum is in the limelight because we need to seriously look at how we treat people with nerves. In a school situation he’d be given consideration and would be tested according to his needs because his high levels of anxiety would be taken into account. He is in the perfect position to help others and help himself at the same time because he has come a long way inspite of having to manage a set of emotions which clearly become intolerable at times. Afterwards he articulates very well the issues and problems but these have not been addressed. The media has little understanding of and compassion for anxiety and social media even less.So, do we just stand by and let it happen? Do we try and support people like Callum? Do we continue to allow him to be lampooned and berated when he is not being stupid at all? he just hasn’t found a way yet of feeling secure under erratic and unpredictable conditions and yes, history repeats itself and he “cannot learn”. I thought we had highlighted mental health issues and I thought we had absorbed some ways of helping people who are highly anxious or depressed. Those were the two areas I thought we had made progress in, but seems not. We can do better than this and maybe Callum can help us do it better.