Mental illness is unfortunately as much a part of our daily reality as tragic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease these days, and it’s evident across the board. With estimates stating that as many as one in three of us will suffer a mental illness at some point in our lives, it’s time to break down the stigma. ‘Hidden’ illnesses like depression, anxiety, and psychiatric disorders can be devastating, and can cause just as much damage as physical ailments to their sufferers. Mental illnesses also do not discriminate, so sadly, they can happen to any one of us.

Perhaps it’s time to ask some important questions, given their increasing prevalence in modern society. Are those who aren’t dealing with such problems truly empathetic enough? There has been plenty of talk of late about the lack of understanding surrounding these issues, and the minimalizing that often takes place. People often feel patronized, or not believed, and as this article points out, people are more likely to pretend to their boss that they have something really, really ‘embarrassing’ wrong with them than admit that the reason they can’t come into work is because their mind is unable to function as it should that day.

Mental illness patients are also seemingly being neglected due to pressures on the NHS. As the BBC highlighted, people with severe psychiatric disorders and other mental illnesses are often not given as much time in hospital as they may actually need. Unfortunately, many regions have been forced to cut ‘bed days’ for such people by around 10% in the last year, and this is leading to vulnerable people being left at a loss, facing coping with their illness often alone and unequipped. Sadly, those being left at home and without round the clock care are actually doubly likely to take their own lives.

Awareness of mental illness is rising, but there still remains some myths and other misunderstandings which are regularly perpetuated. Underfunding is a key issue, but so is the lack of communication between all parties involved. Hales Care, an agency which cares for individuals with a range of issues in the home, commented that whilst they make every effort to support people in the home and help them on the journey to recovery and rehabilitation, it is “very difficult” to do so if the patient has been discharged too early from the hospital, and if the funding is not there for doctors to provide the best course of treatment.

As with any healthcare industry, there seems simply too much pressure to make the changes that ill people so desperately need.

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  1. I note once again the SHA are promoting private health care under the guise of an informative article.

    The Neo-Liberal agenda is alive and well in the SHA.

    This not about socialism but clearly throws light on the ongoing unspoken agenda. New Labour are abandoning public provision.

    Guess why they fail to get elected?

    1. Martin Rathfelder says:

      This is a paid advertisment

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