Whispers in the Wind
A team of 28 global experts assembled by the Lancet medical journal says there is a “collective failure to respond to this global health crisis” which “results in monumental loss of human capabilities and avoidable suffering.”
This is a quote from this mornings Guardian as today is Mental Health Awareness Day.
Just for a few precious moments of your very busy day, stop to think of someone you know, everybody in the World knows someone with a mental illness. Give them a ring, write a note on social media, or just think of them for a few moments.
If you can't think of a friend or colleague and only know some celebrity from the newspaper, then think of them. Mental illness doesn't avoid the rich and famous.
The stigma of mental illness is still with us but slowly the World is changing. We need loud voices everywhere to challenge this stigma and make this a better place to live in for sufferers of mental illness. Yes, it is an illness in the same way that viruses and bacteria affect our bodies.
We need doctors that are more responsive to patients that have taken this giant step to talk to someone and ask for help. We do not need more bloody anti depressant pills. I wonder if doctors really know the affects that these pills have on your daily life. I wonder if they realise that suicide is more easily contemplated under the influence of these pills. Do we have to be like extras from " The Walking Dead. " The sweating, the memory loss and the dithering are all side affects that we could all do without.
There is another statistic that I find quite worrying. The Mental Health call lines for all the first world countries all contain the word " suicide."
This could stop people who have not contemplated suicide from calling for help.
The problem as I have said many times, is at the very top. Nobody of any repute wants the job. Let's make this the best job in the World and the highest paid. This would be a good start.