It’s #timetotalk today, highlighting issues of mental health. Here are a few things I feel it’s #timetotalk about:

  • It’s time to talk about the fact much mental health care on the NHS is inadequate and underfunded.
  • It’s time to talk about the fact 6 or 8 sessions of CBT is just not enough for many; that feeling abandoned and lost after your sessions end is a frightening experience and can often lead to relapse
  • It’s time to talk about the intersections of mental health and gender, race, disability, sexuality, poverty
  • It’s time to talk about the fact many struggle with no support at all
  • It’s time to talk about how ‘scrounger rhetoric’ damages the mental health of so many, that makes us live with a constant sense of shame and disgust at being ill and vulnerable.
  • It’s time to talk about the thousands of people denied benefits and whose health has been made worse by insensitive and unfit for purpose work capability tests.
  • It’s time to talk about the people who’ve commuted suicide because of a toxic culture of shame and stigma around claiming benefits, having their benefits stopped and being left destitute.
  • It’s time to talk about the fact ‘mental patient’ is used as a Halloween costume.
  • It’s time to talk about pill shaming & pull yourself together bullshit.
  • It’s time to talk about being denied access to employment and education because of your illness.

This is just a tiny snapshot if what we need to talk about in relation to mental health, what do you think it’s time to talk about?

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  1. Kelly M says:

    The pill shaming and “pull yourself togethers” are the things that irritate me the most. I used to be very sceptical about medication and was worried that it would turn me into some emotionless zombie but I’ve found I can finally function as a relatively normal human being. My mum told me that there’s no shame in taking medication for depression. Sometimes it’s as necessary as insulin is to a diabetic or beta blockers for those suffering from high blood pressure…

    • Chloe Chloe says:

      The irony of a spam post from a marketing company promoting a book about ‘finding peace’. THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS!

      • Denise says:

        I came across your tweets via Twitter.

        It’s not a spam post. I’ve been following the=is mindfulness regime. If it were a spam post, it would have some kind of referral link or some way that I could benefit. It’s not, it’s a direct link to Amazon’s website.

        Mindfulness Based Therapy is highly rated, the back of the book has quotes from high profile people and the authors regularly give talks at universities. Hardly requires spam posts to achieve sales.

        Try and be less cynical when people are trying to help you although I understand you may be feeling frustrated given your experience with CBT.

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