James asks an important question:
“We often say, “It’s OK not to be OK.” But if you’ve ended up in such isolation and distress during lockdown that the only place of safety is A&E, is that really OK? Is it OK to live with such poor mental health that your quality of life is limited, yet you still somehow don’t qualify for treatment? These things certainly don’t feel OK.”
The article below is about the UK, where NHS funding determines how much mental health treatment is available, and when too many people need it, someone has to decide who does, and doesn’t. Usually that means people who aren’t “sick enough”, get nothing, and continue to get worse.
Can we say the same isn’t true in other countries? In the US, we have a severe shortage of mental health resources and funding too. Maybe there’s not a government agency determining who is “sick enough”, but there are plenty of obstacles to getting care that leave you with similar results. You’re not sick enough to be a priority, you’re not insured enough to get treatment, you’re not wealthy enough to get private care, and on and on.
No matter the reason, the shortage means that for some people, being not OK is OK, and for others, being not OK is a constant struggle without any real assistance.
That’s not OK