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ENOUGH IS ENOUGH BRITAIN – IT IS TIME TO UNITE!
*PLEASE spare 5 minutes of your time to read this – it could change the future of Britain FOREVER….literally!
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For too long ‘mental health’ has been brushed underneath the carpet and seen as the topic everyone wants to ‘avoid’, yet it affects us all at somepoint throughout our lives. What is the meaning of life if not Love and Happiness? – Therefore, is the meaning of life not maintaining a healthy, happy mind? Often those suffering with mental illness are deprived of these pleasures, leaving many of us feeling helpless and isolated from society. It is time we start thinking REALISTICALLY.
Mental illness now affects 1 in 3 of us throughout our lives, and with the ever-increasing demands of British society this figure is likely to increase to 1 in 2 of us, the chances of it affecting either us or someone close to us? – almost CERTAIN. Therefore does it not make logical sense to teach mental health in schools if it will affect us all in some shape or form?
I myself work within a mental health ‘Crisis Team’ and fully acknowledge and witness the poor implementation of resources and how this affects the patients. A recent survey suggests that only 14% of those in a mental health crisis feel supported (implying 86% are only deteriorating further). Suicide is not uncommon within this field, this NEEDS to change.
Mental health is heavily stigmatised in modern day society, however it is a very REAL health concern and can destroy lives. In a time where self-harming and suicides are continuously on the increase, NHS funding and hospital beds to treat those with mental illness are at an all-time low, therefore it appears we are engaging in a never-ending vicious cycle, and who suffers? – We, the people of BRITAIN.
For those whom have experienced mental illness (or known someone else that has) can appreciate the importance of this issue and devastating effects it can have on our lives and the urgency for change, now.
Ever experienced a PANIC ATTACK? Horrific experience, would not wish it upon my worst enemy!
We also acknowledge and appreciate that for those whom have not experienced any mental health difficulties in their life, the concept of mental disorders may be difficult to grasp and understand. However we assure you it is extremely real and extremely unpleasant (and it does not mean we are all crazy, promise!)
In 2013 charities and public figures in Britain commenced the # TimeToChange campaign. This campaign aimed to erase stigma attached to mental illness by spreading awareness. However what good is ‘spreading awareness’ of HIV if people have not been taught what it is or how it is caught? – The same applies to mental health.
Britain has often lead the world in the strive for complete equality, we are one of the most tolerant, multi-cultural and diverse nations in the entire world, and that is what makes us unique and special. We lead the fight for equal marriage rights for homosexuals and soon after other countries followed – so why not do the same for mental health? Did you know that homosexuality was a diagnosable mental illness 45 years ago? We continuously progress as an equal nation, why stop now?
Physical Education (PE) has been within the British School Curriculum for many years, however the idea of teaching the mental health equivalent is often unmentioned or unheard of. However why is this? If someone were to break their leg, you would not tell them to ‘get over it’ – the same applies to mental health, believe it or not we can’t just ‘snap out of it’. Just because mental disorders cannot be seen does not mean they don’t exist! (everyone has a different story behind closed doors).
Religious education (R.E) is also a compulsory subject in schools. The aim of this subject is to spread awareness and knowledge of different races, religions and cultures – in the hope that the British public will grow to tolerate and appreciate people’s differences, rather than make fun or discriminate against those for being different. Why is mental health an exception? Especially when a healthy mind is the most important thing for humans to live a good quality, enjoyable life.
Schools in Britain have now began to teach children how to ‘manage their money’ when they grow up – is this the message that we are teaching the future of Britain, that MONEY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HAPPINESS!?
So what difference will teaching mental health in schools make?
*Primarily, most of those whom develop a mental illness (due to the lack of education) are unaware what is happening to them, thus increasing levels of panic and exacerbating their mental state. Due to this, the individuals will likely act in deliberate self-harm (such as cutting) in order to cope with their emotional pain – this is no long term solution and will not aid recovery at all.
*Should mental health be taught in schools, individuals can learn of appropriate coping and distraction techniques, thus decreasing the likelihood of self-harm, suicide, in addition to aiding recovery. Did you know that 1000’s of people attend A+E every day due to self-harm and/or overdose. Many of these individuals are attending due to poor coping strategies, rather than genuine suicidal intent. By attending hospital it is often a cry for support (as the current system is failing). Education can potentially lower these visits drastically, thus cutting NHS spending (which can be re-allocated for various other treatments), shorter A+E waiting times, in addition to potentially less staff being required once again saving and resourcing the tax payers money (current waiting lists for Psychotherapy is on average between 3-9 months, within this time it is likely the patient will deteriorate further, making treatment less beneficial or possibly irrelevant completely)
*A sufficient education aids those to support themselves and others around them. Spreading the feeling of unity amongst society, rather than fear and paranoia (notice how in Britain we tend to fear and avoid strangers walking past us on the street, why?) In addition to this (as many patients will agree) those whom they are close to socially, with appropriate advice can be vastly more beneficial than being supported by a mental health professional whom does not know the patient that well personally.
*Should children be taught from a young age about mental illnesses, the causes, symptoms and treatments, this may aid a development of innate compassion for other human beings as they will now be aware of the potential psychiatric effects this may have on others. From this, it is possible that levels of bullying/discrimination will decrease in society, thus preventing many of those developing depression and/or anxiety due to poor self-esteem and other related conditions.
*Many of those with mental health difficulties will resort to drugs/alcohol in order to cope with their emotional pain – this does NOT make them criminals. However within the UK those whom act in these activities will be arrested, charged and tried as criminals. For someone with a deteriorating mental state this will merely exacerbate their conditions. In addition to this consider all the police time and other associated government costs which alternatively could be injected into treating these individuals, rather than prosecuting. This argument strongly overlaps with RUSSELL BRAND’S campaign that DRUG USE IS A HEALTH ISSUE, NOT A CRIMINAL ISSUE. Billions of tax-payers moneys are spent with these ‘criminals’. Money they could be invested further in the NHS and other public services.
*With the extra police time this will provide, they can focus on protecting society from more dangerous criminals such as rapists, thieves and murderers – rather than someone whom is depressed smoking a bit of Cannabis.
*Those with depression and/or anxiety are highly more likely to remain indoors and isolate themselves from the world. From this, should treatment and education improve, with the decrease in those suffering from these illnesses, more are able to work (thus lowering disability benefits and stimulating the economy), as they are working – they will have more money to spend, once again stimulating the economy further. Thus potentially reducing the cost of living and aiding all of our wallets in the long run! (and who knows, some of these individuals may grow to be doctors, scientists or other elite occupations, potentially making major discoveries that aid us all!)
*Britain (and the world) have a shortage of mental health professionals. Most possibly due to the fact many students are unaware of this careers existence! Therefore if taught in schools, more will develop an interest in the subject and pursue it as their chosen career. Not only can this aid Britain, but also the world should these individuals choose to work abroad (this refers to how Britain can lead the way of educating and changing the world forever).
The above examples are just a small handful of the countless benefits education can have on everyone in society and the positive domino effects it could form. How many more lives must be lost until this inevitability is finally implemented? Only education can prevent increasing levels of mental illness in Britain, however due to the stigma attached the Government are often reluctant to realistically confront the issue, leaving those who require support, alone, helpless and miserable.
*I am just one man with the dream of a happier world, however I cannot do this alone. But TOGETHER, we can stop DISCRIMINATION, aid RECOVERY and develop a HAPPIER, more PRODUCTIVE BRITAIN. There is power in numbers, the government cannot ignore us if we all stand.
If we can protect and aid our children – the future of Great Britain, then we should.
TOGETHER, we can make Britain GREAT again. We can form a UNITED KINGDOM.
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