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.