When it comes to getting help for mental health, do you feel like no one is listening? The powers-that-be must be shown how serious a crisis we are in.Tweet
Since 2018 I have met some amazing mental-health advocates. Together, we are all doing what we can to bring awareness to the world, to inspire those who are struggling and to educate those who need it. However, are we doing enough? I find myself asking this question a lot. My conclusion? I’d say yes and no.
Firstly, the yes is true because I know, at least, from my own efforts, that The Road To Mental Wellness has helped some. I base this on the feedback I am getting from the awesome readers. I have also had the honour of sitting down with many; to help them come up with a plan for moving forward.
And… then there is the “no” part. At a time when mental illness is on the rise, we are seeing little if no movement from governments to stop the darkness from consuming their people. While my provincial government committed $25 million to the public mental-health care sector, it’s mere pennies in the large picture. I have a feeling the money was more like bait for a vote… There is, after all, an election in our near future.
So, as far as I am concerned, we need to get better at fighting for a robust mental-health care system. Firstly, we must fight to end the division that comes with a two tiered mental health care system.
I get it. People don’t want to “go there” when it comes to politics, but this is the root of the problem. In addition, doing nothing is only going to make things worse. I ask you, what will we do then? It’s time we work the system, to make them see that death by suicide is serious. Furthermore, it should be taken as seriously as any physical ailment.
If you are struggling, please go here for help: Crisis Services Canada
Listen to A New Dawn Podcast – one of my favourite advocates.
So, what can be done? Firstly, write your local representative (they can easily be found on the internet) – and more than once; write them as many times as it takes. Organize and get people together. March in front of your mental-health facilities, peacefully… I believe that solutions can be found through mediation. You can start an online campaign that gets many people to flood the inboxes of government officials requesting change.
While mental-health advocates and mental-health professionals alike do their best to patch up the wounds in the field, the system neglects the infrastructure that could save lives. And then what? It really is up to us since no one is listening.