Monday, 26 March 2018

Sad: Angry




This was played at  the ceremony on Saturday to celebrate the life of the son of my friends, a fellow festival goer, who took his life at the age of nineteen.  He was on the waiting list for mental health services at the time of his death.  It doesn't surprise me and stirs emotions I'd rather not have.   From all sorts of different perspectives, and not just as a professional who comes home too ragged to move sometimes, I can tell you that this aspect of our healthcare system is in a bit of a state.  Not as bad as in the US where seeing untreated psychotic people in distress on the streets of cities is commonplace.  But if we don't pay heed our system could go the same way.

Too many are falling, especially our young who maybe do not have the life experience to know that you can emerge from the darkness of despair back into the light.  Mental trauma might not be as apparent as physical injury or trauma.  It has just as much potential to be life threatening and should be treated as such both through prevention and in crisis.

9 comments:

  1. That is so sad the poor young man. What a lovely poem. You are right it is only when you get older you realise you can get through bad times to good days again. Jane xx

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    1. I think many of us build up resilience. I've had low patches but do understand that the light at the end of the tunnel is worth hanging on in there for. xx

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  2. Beautiful words so carefully chosen by those who loved him. You and I could talk for ever about the priorities of our creaking NHS, but without good mental health we have no health. I spent Thursday with a young woman whise mental health is at crisis point, and it was exhausting for me. However, I went home and spent a quiet half hour in a mindful state-she then went back home to an unbelievably untidy and cluttered house, and to a man who now says he doesn’t love her. I did what I could to help her that day-I listened.

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    1. This needs to be attacked in two ways. More services and helping people take control of their lives before this happens. xx

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  3. There is nothing I can say save deep sorrow for a young life lost.
    Arilx

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  4. I know a 12 year old boy in my family on a waiting list too.As a teenager I was very teary-mum took me to the doctor who put me on Valium for 3 years which I was allowed many repeat presciptions without seeing him-this had negative consequences for me x

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    1. Used unwisely it's had negative consequences for many people. Take care. xx

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