One of the problems faced by people who have mental health or emotional problems is that the issues are invisible.
It is often said that if you could put mental illness or emotional distress in a plaster cast others would understand. And that’s probably right! Even in these modern times many people are afraid of what they don’t understand. Then very often the poor victim is cast in the role of villain. The one to be afraid of, the one to avoid, or in the worst case scenario terrorise. It is this type of thinking and behaviour that makes a third of people who suffer from Depression to be too embarrassed to ask for help. That’s ironic when one in (approximately) four of us will have a mental health or emotional problem at some time in our life. And, across the whole world around 450 million people will have a mental illness.
One of the things identified as helping is social support and friendship, someone to talk to. Sadly in these days of funding cuts and financial struggles these may be the things that will disappear first. Let’s hope not, as where would that leave us? Where there is a good network and positive support from family and friends, life can be good for a sufferer, or at least manageable.
My concern is for those who do not have this support, at times not through statutory services either. The numbers in need of help and understanding are increasing, so we must find the answers.
We’ve been searching for those answers for so many years. Let’s hope and pray we find it soon.