Having been plagued and tormented by events of the past and consequent mental health problems, 2013 has been the worst year of my life by some way. I made 3 attempts on my own life, spent 4 weeks in a psychiatric unit, was briefly homeless, my relationship broke down, I have only seen my kids erratically. I am now in full time group psychotherapy (under threat of cuts!), in a comfortable flat, trying to rebuild my life. It's going well.
I don't write this to elicit sympathy, but to highlight the importance of the range of public services (police, health, mental health, homelessness, housing) who have made it possible for me to get to New Year's Eve and 2014. My journey has seen me have contact with some remarkable public servants, many of whom have gone way beyond the call of duty.
There was a recent discourse on this forum which saw someone cast doubt on the veracity of the mental health problems in this country. There is also a running commentary on here by some who question the commitment of public sector employees. Well, I'm one of a quarter of the population who will experience mental health issues and one of many who owes their life to those public servants and I shall be eternally grateful.
You don't need to ask for sympathy.
You don't have to feel weak.
I hit the ultimate low in July.
Any caring community should care for those who are struggling.
Mental health is not a sign of weakness.
Any caring society