a reply to: JameSimon
Like many things, change in this regard has to start at the top.
But governments, especially socially irresponsible ones, tend to either deliberately stigmatize, or passively stigmatize those suffering from mental
health problems as either ALL being incredibly dangerous, or having non-existent problems, and often both at the same time. It does not make an awful
lot of sense, but it happens just this way all too often, double standards at play all over the place.
On the one hand, the problem is so severe that it presents a well nigh uncontrollable threat to the safety of the citizen and the nation alike in
some cases. On the other, no government appears willing to adequately fund the infrastructural elements necessary to make the knock on effects of
mental health problems, something that can be coped with without undue trauma, either on the part of sufferers of those health conditions, or, in the
case of actually dangerous individuals, keep them off the streets and prevent them from harming others, or themselves, as a result of their illnesses.
This is true to an extent in my own country, where gaps in the system often fail to properly deal with either providing aid and support to people
suffering mental illnesses which can be safely managed in the community setting, and fail to keep those whose illness makes them a severe threat to
life and limb, away from other members of the public, and in circumstances which are beneficial to the sufferers long term health, physically speaking
But where individual sufferers used to fall through the odd crack here and there, the last few successive governments in this country, have
systematically and deliberately destroyed and denatured the social care systems and national health infrastructure, and while doing so, have excused
their approach by suggesting that those in need of social care, be it the health service, the social services, the mental health system which used to
be in place (although imperfect as any system tends to be), are detriments to society, wasters, users, abusers of the taxpaying public's time and
By controlling the narrative in this fashion, they have been able to "legitimise" in the eyes of the voting public, their refusal to correctly and
fully fund the infrastructural elements required to best deal with mental health issues, and for that matter the simple fact of aging populations, and
the increased strain on the national health service, which comes of not only an increasing population (before even considering immigration) as a
result of reduced infant mortality, but also the backstopping of that effect by people daring to live longer.
But enough of us remain in the UK who remember what things were, and ought to still be like, not to mention those who learned what things were like
and rightly question how things can have been allowed to collapse in this regard, that there is a groundswell of determination to see those social
systems not only return, but those who deliberately collapsed them done hefty blows by whatever means are necessary, as both punishment to them, and a
warning to any rogue in the future, who seeks to unmake the good work of decent people, whose legacy was meant to be for the benefit of the people,
but has become for the profit of those who barely register as human, such is their inhuman display of greed and selfishness.
But America has even greater problems in this regard, because unlike the UK, it has never had a healthy attitude toward social services, or a
socially responsible attitude toward healthcare or what the true meaning of those words in combination actually is, especially when it comes to the
care of the mentally ill. The options America has offered its sufferers of mental illness over the years, have been simply ghastly, ranging from being
left to rot in the streets, to institutionalised in inappropriate, cold, draconian, near prison like conditions, and also outright incarceration,
despite their inability to account for their actions, by way of being of diminished responsibility owing to their conditions.
At present, getting effective and useful aid with a mental health concern in America, is something that only those who can actually afford private
care, really ever get to do. Everyone else is basically on queer street from the get go, especially if their condition means an increased likelihood
of financial hardship, as a result of either their behaviour or frame of mind otherwise, making them incapable of holding down some sort of job, and
even those who CAN hold down a job, may not find themselves paid enough to eat, AND get treatment, and this assumes their problem is not so severe,
that they do not even realise they HAVE a mental health crisis on their hands, which is actually very common indeed.
This situation in the states has been maintained, cultivated, by successive generations of excuse making pieces of walking excrement, financial
motivations always placed before the provision of care, the cart always placed not only before the horse, but in such a position that the horse would
need something of a run up in order to move it at all.
In this era, the only institutions which even NEARLY deal correctly with those under their care, from a mental health point of view, are those which
deal with persons who have criminal histories, gained because their outworkings of mental dysfunction, landed them in legal trouble, as a result of an
ineffective mental health system failing to either identify, appropriately monitor, or indeed institutionalise them before their behaviour became a
threat to others. Even then, these locations are not places where one can ordinarily be treated in safety as a person who has a health complaint, but
has no prior history of criminal behaviour.
There is no proper system for "care in the community" options, where a care plan is developed for an individual who suffers a complaint but is no
threat to the public, there is no proper system for ensuring that developing mental health problems do not translate upward into more serious and
potentially threatening ones, there is no proper system for preventative institutionalisation, and many of the drugs used to "treat" mental health
problems have absolutely no business being in the human body, especially those used to treat depression, which, for some bizarre reason, are permitted
to be used despite the fact that many of them come with an increased risk of suicidal tendencies in users.
Its a bloody shambles, and a great deal of the reason for that, comes down to the broken, unacceptable and frankly inhuman attitude that healthcare
of any kind is a business first, and a calling second. In reality, unless your motivation for treating a sickness is the patients wellness first, and
your ability to earn huge amounts of money... I don't know, a hundreth on the list of priorities, you have no business operating at all, in any
capacity. Healthcare of the mind or body, is a calling, and thats ALL it is. It is not an industry, it is not a business, nor do treasurers, financial
officers or any other bloody boardroom douche title, belong ANYWHERE near it. Care should be provided by the state, on behalf of the state, for the
benefit of everyone in the state, and in the case of mental health particularly, but all healthcare in general, that includes the sick, and those
living around them.
edit on 10-1-2018 by TrueBrit because: grammatical error corrected.