Rethink Mental Illness
'If people with severe mental illness can get proper support... they can give something back'.
I'd just left a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy session looking at how learning and trying new things can help when experiencing a mental health problem. 'Could I perform on stage?' I thought. 'I guess I've always wanted to try.'
We have to keep this conversation going. Every single day we lose 12 men to suicide. We must also start to redefine what it means to be "macho" and stop telling males to "man up and get on with it". We would never tell females to "woman up."
As the stigma recedes, the true unmet need for mental health services is beginning to show. Demand for talking treatments is outstripping supply, despite significant investment. The need to help people with mental health problems to find and stay in work is becoming increasingly apparent.
Over a thousand people have written to their MP, asking them to attend an 'MP Capability Assessment' based loosely on the controversial Work Capability Assessment, which is currently being used to decide whether tens of thousands of people with long-term illnesses and disabilities should receive benefits.
hose who cringe at the S-word I suspect would eventually discover its successor (probably from reading the Daily Mail), and react similarly to the new name. I doubt changing in the terminology would improve their attitudes. Bigots are bigots.
People with mental illness die 20 years younger than average, often from preventable physical conditions - but it doesn't have be that way.
People still don't understand enough about depression, even now with all the blogs, the websites and the famous faces associated with it. Some of the most brilliant, funny, wonderful people I know are crippled by depression and it's a hideous waste.
The view that smoking cannabis is nothing to get worked up about needs to be challenged more effectively. Instead of classifying and re-classifying, government time and money would be much better spent on educating young people who smoke cannabis about the very real game of Russian roulette they're playing with their mental health.