I just read an article which helped put into words some of the things that I really want to say. Though it is not written by someone in Australia, some of the things the author experienced, I too experienced myself while trying to navigate my way in the mental health sector in Australia. If you have about 10-15 minutes, please read this article! It is quite long, but very detailed, personal and emotionally interesting. She details how (and I am also guilty of it), how mental illness has became somewhat ‘mainstream’ as in people are talking about it, but the thing is the mental health sector isn’t keeping up. There are massive waiting lists for help, the costs involved are great and the medications are expensive. When we tell someone that there is a lot of help available, is there really? I feel like we have come a lonnnng way from a 10 years ago, but there is still A LOT that can be done.
Here’s so quotes from the article to bait you in!
“It’s never been easier to open up – but hashtag healthcare doesn’t help people like me…”
“Throwing a ball of wool to one another in a circle might be helpful for some people, but it absolutely wasn’t for me…”
“Amy Winehouse, voice of a goddamn goddess. We’ll allow. Kathy, 54, works at Morrisons. Not so much..”
“Enough awareness has been raised. We – the public, health professionals, politicians – need to make our actions count”
Let me know what you thought of the article in the comments! (if you want)..!