Thursday, 13 December 2018

Blogmas Day 13: Mental Health Wishlist

In my opinion, mental health care appears to be a somewhat neglected area in our country right now, which really saddens me to say. Physical health care is greatly prioritised over mental health care which is not right at all. Both physical and mental health care should be so important and accessible to all. So, I wanted to put together a mental health wishlist to put forward what I would like to see in the near future with regards to how mental health is treated as a whole and with regards to my own mental health.
  • I believe that every single person on this entire planet is deserving of free, accessible and good mental health treatment. Mental health is so important because without your brain, you are nothing. It is incredibly important that you look after your brain. 
  • Every town/city should have somewhere that you can drop into if you're struggling with your mental health. This could be a specific office type thing in every town/city for drop in talks about your mental health, somewhat like a counselling/therapy session, but there would be no obligation to do anything. How it goes and what you talk about is completely up to you.
  • More awareness about different mental illnesses would be incredible. There is so much stigma currently surrounding mental illness that more people need to be educated. This could be through TV commercials, posters in cities, ADs on blogs/YouTube videos and so much more. It needs to be understood. 
  • Easier access to medical professionals, medication and therapy is needed for people who find it hard in social situations, like myself. It took me around 6 years to finally go to the doctors to get help and I wish so many more people could do it. It shouldnt have to take 6 years! One way this could be done is maybe an online type doctor, where you could talk about your mental health by either typing or calling ect. This would be so much less stressful as you wouldnt even have to leave the house. For the more physical things that need to be tested like blood pressure ect, you could go to the doctors knowing that it would not be about mental health at all. 
  • Shorter waiting lists because surprisingly enough, if someone goes and needs help at that time, they need it as soon as possible, if not that same day, not in 6-9 months time. 
  • This idea is kind of silly because I know it will never happen and it maybe would be taken advantage of as an excuse just to have a day off and go out or something, however, I think it would be good if you could have at least one mental health day a month of work/school, just to recooperate. Or, have mental health be an accepted, valid reason to have time off. 
  • For me, this is the most important one for me. Educate children. I think that mental health should be taught in schools. Children need to know what they could one day experience, what to do and how they can be helped if they ever do find themselves in that situation. They need to know that it is okay not to be okay. Young suicides are becoming heart breakingly more frequent and this shouldnt happen! We need children to know who they can turn to and that they can talk about it and they will get better! We need children to learn about the link between bullying, suicide and mental illness. For those being bullied who may be depressed, it can help them know what to do. For the bullies, it will hit them hard and hopefully, the shock of the talk will make them stop. 

With regards to my own mental health, here are my wishes:
  • I want to be on the right medication for me so that I am finally able to live my life the way that I want to.
  • I want to get to a point with medication that I can actually go to therapy and try to get sorted.
  • I want to be able to get a job doing what I love when I am finally sorted.

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