So today is the 25th #WORLDMENTALHEALTHDAY dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues since 1992.
Mental health services are improving although they are definitely not ready to tackle the crisis that we currently have in the UK. Mental health isn’t small area and unfortunately it cannot be tackled simply by issuing out a pill. Go into schools, go into companies, churches and any other organisations and you will see the scale of people suffering with various mental health issues.
Depression is one of the most isolating and draining mental illnesses that affect many people from different walks of life. The mental health services are beginning to take action, although I personally know of too many cases where professionals have misjudged the seriousness of the issue, by either issuing out anti-depressants too early, or dismissing a person’s claim with little or no investigation.
In my own case, I have sought the help of several counsellors and psychologists about depression, and most recently I was referred to my GP by a psychologist from my university, as she believed I was a cause for concern. After three meetings with this psychologist she wrote a letter to my GP also suggesting that I should be given anti-depressants. It puzzled me that I spent several hours pouring out secrets that I held very dear to my heart only to be offered anti-depressants. Anyway, this referral meant that my GP took my case seriously and referred me to a more appropriate service.