Mental health… It’s ok now after a certain percentage of people will have turned away, those interested can read on. My guess that the people who are interested, either have suffered mental health problems or are one of the few unique individuals who do care what is going on with mental health issues.
I am usually a placid person and as I have got older am quite laid back about some issues as I do understand how people don’t want problems thrown in their face, especially those people who are not affected by these problems. .With mental health problems these people ought to take note as 1 in 4 people do have mental health problems at some stage in their life. Also if we all turned round and buried our heads in the sand for all the other significant problems where would people be today.
For all those that do suffer from mental health or who have suffered in the past- take a step back and think this one through.
What if people responded to all the other illnesses like they do to mental health problems. How would people with physical disabilities get by if they were mismanaged or people went into denial over it?
What if people who had other serious illnesses were ignored, told to get on with it, denied recognition of achievement when they have battled through or just completely misunderstood. How would these people get by? I guess with great difficulty.
Yet people with mental health problems have to do all of this and they have to do it alone, not all of us make great recoveries and whereas in the above if someone is in difficulty most people will give even greater support, with mental health do we get greater support-which is a joke as the support may not be there in the first place. The answer is NO. Where does that leave us- feeling guilty, low self esteem, depressed, unable to eat …The blame again goes on us, people do not rally round, why, because in most people’s mind mental health problems do not exist, or if they do, they don’t want to know.
Having written all of the above you would think that the majority of people with mental health problems gain more difficulties and sink in a downward spiral. I am proud to write that most of the messages I receive is that people have battled on alone. It is good that some people do receive support whether it be professional or not, but in many cases people have to battle through on their own strength. Even with support recovery is down to that person but the correct support makes a massive difference. Another significant factor is that despite having to battle through alone and without the support that people with other illnesses besides mental health receive, people with mental health problems seem to have an enhanced sensitivity, which although makes them vulnerable also makes them aware of little things that also makes them appreciative of the world. At first an outsider would think that people with mental health problems who do not receive enough support or recognition that they are struggling would end up bitter and full of hate. It is a fantastic and significant factor that many of the people who have mental health problems are not only battling their own fight, they are willing to try and support others. People with mental health problems use their enhanced sensitivity to good use, many of ‘us’ and I say ‘us’ with pride, as yes I still suffer from mental health problems, I just cope with them a whole lot better now. But many of us want to help others, and care about how other people are doing. I think this is because we have experience of fighting against problems and through this experience we have gained not only insight, but we have gained an inner strength. I guess this inner strength and resilience is because we have had no choice, we either stayed at the bottom, or we got up to fight. The many times we fell because we didn’t have the support, made us fight even harder and each time we got stronger. We care because of our enhanced sensitivity and understanding.
I do want to know about mental health, I wish the appropriate people would want to know about mental health I am very proud that I have battled through my battles and I was lucky enough to have some support, not all the support was helpful but a lot of it was. I am proud of my friends who have had their mental health problems and where they are today. I am also proud of the professionals, students and other people who do care and want to learn more about mental health as there is still not enough of these people around.
I am NOT proud of the people in authority who could do more, or sadly the other people who know who they are, but who could try to find out more and do something about it.