Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mental Healthcare and me.

I posted this on my social media pages, but I wanted to go a little bit more in depth here.
 Standing at my kitchen table doing my morning routine. I wake up, brush teeth, grab the kids and head down stairs. I make Tater breakfast and then I make my coffee. With my coffee I take my lactation support vitamin, a multi vitamin, and then I take this little guy. I’m not ashamed to admit that I take an antidepressant. I’m not ashamed that I struggle with mental illness. 
The narrative surrounding mental illness and how we treat it needs to change. We DON’T talk about it enough. It’s that simple. It takes a celebrity taking their life to open a very short lived narrative that after a week is swept under the rug once again.
The shock surrounding her suicide will fade, and the narrative about mental health care will disappear. People will be sad, and post on social media about how inspiring, and wonderful she was. They’ll talk about how amazing her work was. The news will read the number for the national suicide hotline once and then move on to the next story about stupid things that don’t matter.
It’s our responsibility as humans to make this narrative heard. Mental illness knows no bias. It’s time we start talking about how to treat mental illness.
 In the wake of the multiple high profile suicides this week there is going to be an aftermath. There are people who are going to see the fallout of the deaths and use it as the "push factor" to take their own lives. As much as I don't want this to happen, it will. Families are going to be rocked by the loss of their loved ones while everyone is busy pretending to care about mental health advocacy for the week. 

 When the dust settles are you still going to "check" on your friends? Are you still going to post things on social media about how important mental health care is, and how everyone should reach out if they need help? Are you going to advocate for your local politicians to make mental health care readily available? If your answer is no, you're apart of the problem. Sure we can post pictures of words saying "If you need help, reach out." or whatever it is that's circulating on the bullshit Facebook meme pages, but what we really need; what mental healthcare really needs is for us to continue the narrative that was created this week. We can't let it be silenced. 
 Something we all need to do, and I mean it. EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE A MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID COURSE. You can find free or low cost courses HERE. The course gives you the tools to help those in crisis. 
 Check on your people. Advocate for more available healthcare. Keep the conversation around mental health going. Take care of yourself. Take care of others. Learn. 
 Together we can end the stigma surrounding mental health disorders. 

1 comment:

  1. I just want you to know I love you! And you give me so much hope for having another baby that I'm going to be ok. You've helped me with tools to make sure that the next time wont be as much of a struggle as the first time with PPD. I love you to the moon and back!!