I’ve been trying to write this post in awhile, but haven’t really had the energy to put into words everything I want to say.
Firstly I just wanted you all to know that I’m still off sick again, at least until next week. My work have sent me some lovely sunflowers and a get well soon card which arrived yesterday. It was one of the nicest things anyone’s ever really done for me.
But it got be thinking. Why should it be a surprise..? People mental health difficulties that need to take time out once in a while never get get well cards.. Since I’ve been unwell and have been in hospital and things.. I’ve never gotten a card. I don’t understand this. People would give cards for physical problems, be it a broken leg, a cold or anything more serious like cancer. Why is it that mental health is treated any different..? I think it is completely wrong. It’s just another form of stigma I think.
Anyway, that wasn’t really the point of my post. The point was to write about priorities. I feel like our government doesn’t have the priorities straight. I mean, we get news about new trains that would save lots of time commuting, a train from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. It estimates that this project will cost around £42.6bn.. According to bbc. Now.. This is only an example of things I feel shouldn’t even be something g they are contemplating. Our country is on tender hooks.. With the NHS on it’s last legs, lots of people in financial problems and the housing crisis we are experiencing.
My main priority is the NHS.. I feel it is letting so many of us users down. No, I do not place blame on the staff.. They are doing all that they can, for the most part, but funding. I myself have been on the waiting list for therapy for almost 6 months now. I have been in and out of a&e departments with no additional help offered.. I’ve had my friends try and help by talking to the staff that are supposedly helping me.. My poor friends that have been at they’re whits end not knowing what else todo.. I’ve even called the crisis line.. A very new experience as I have a phobia of being on the phone.. Telling me to go for a walk.. Because that will help the suicidal thoughts.. After I’d already told them I’ve been.. And tried everything that would normally help..
If 1 in every 4 people experience mental health problems surly there should be more help available.. Not less. The NHS are being forced to cut back resources.. Which includes vital support for people with mental health problems, people like me.
Something needs to be done.