The Commission report is, obviously, based on what was found in the UK. I have little doubt that similar realities exist in just about every country. And, just about every country can look not just at this overview, but also some of the more detailed information and recommendations from the PDF and find relevant information.
To be honest, this overview sounds a lot like what I’ve read from various sources about the US system as well, and it’s about time we started thinking about what support for mental health looks like in our own communities.
I’ve written many times about how abused children spend so much of our childhood simply trying to survive, that we miss out learning things that we should have as a kid. NAMI writer Laura Greenstein feels that when it comes to taking care of our mental health, all children are missing out: During childhood, we…
This is the reality. Yes, raising awareness is a good thing. Letting people know they are not alone and eliminating stigma are great things. But…. Having mental health awareness means more people will be able to recognize signs of mental illness, seek care for themselves, and support others. So here comes the bad news….
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We have gotten better at discussing some mental health issues, but there’s still so much more to do. It’s still not safe for too many people to even admit they need help with anxiety and depression, even though right now we all need support. There is still a severe shortage of help available, and we still treat other mental health issues with something other than fear.
If not now, when? Those of us who can share our stories, should be doing exactly that. For all the people who can’t. And, maybe even more, we need to remind the world that these issues affect people everywhere, from all backgrounds. It’s not just Hollywood, and it’s not just on poor neighborhoods, it affects plenty of people that we probably come in contact with every day. People we know, people we love, people we work with, neighbors, friends, family, etc. are, or have been, struggling with their mental health.
Maybe once we convince enough people of that, they’ll care enough to do something about it.