Talking is important. Reaching out is important, That is the first step to dealing with mental health struggles, but it’s just the first step. Stop there, and well, we see what happened to Natasha’s friend:
“In fact, he had been incredibly open about his mental health struggles for years and my friend, as well as a number of trusted others, had had countless conversations with him about it. What was missing was an ability to access the psychiatric care he needed.”
We are making some progress on step one, getting people to talk. There is still a ton of work to do on the rest of it, starting with actually having resources available. Until we get there, it is all “just” talk.
That’s not good enough.