Thursday, 10 October 2019

World Mental Health Day

That's today.

I am really uncomfortable by all the 'bandwagon' things that are going on under that banner. And I am surprised that that is how I feel.

Once upon a time, I would've championed anything that may help people with this terrible illness.

The junior royals backing that really rather awful TV ad. Great if you are sitting there watching with family/friends. Not so good if you are alone. Then it will probably reinforce the void.

And it is all very well, telling us to talk, to bring it out in the open. Whatever the powers that be say about the job market being open to recruiting people with mental health, unless it is specified as a 'special' vacancy, you can still find yourself being ostracised. So, it's illegal; no one would say you didn't get the vacancy because of mental health issues to your face. Any other 'reason' will do.

I finally got the recognition and support that I need, but, at the end of the month, I have a meeting with a psychiatrist, and have been asked to come with my Support Worker.

Their boss has allowed them to keep supporting me long after my 6 month stint had come and gone, whilst waiting for this appointment to come through. But once that appointment is dealt with...left to my own devices again. They may well offer me something/one at the meeting, but the time it'll take to get to the top of the list is as long as a piece of string.

And that could be too long.

Cos, yeah, Prince Harry and Ed Sheeran making a little video is really going to help me. PH apparently 'can't get out of bed' because he has 'issues' and ES is once again upsetting his long-suffering neighbours with some other great plan to build something else on his estate. 
Not really the sort of people that give out a positive message on anything, let alone mental health.

Maybe I've just turned into a grumpy old lady. To me, the biggest issue is the step from after talking. Thousands of people need professional help, and that just isn't there when it is needed. All resources are stretched too far, which is no good for the actual health workers themselves. Yes, talk, but be aware there may be a need for support once Pandoras' Box is opened.
I  just feel Mental Health is too important to be hijacked by public figures who are treated as celebrities.