because my patience has just run out. Please be warned – this is about to go thermo-nuclear…
The Daily Mail does not exactly have the best record on mental health reporting. This is a cause dear to my heart. I suffer with depression, and, to be honest, will be on anti-depressants for a while. I liken it to getting a fist full of splinters. Many people will be able to pull their splinters out themselves, or with support – like counselling Some might need anaesthetic (anti-depressants) to help them work on getting the splinters out – it has to be done, but when the splinters are deep enough, the drugs make the pain bearable.
So, anyway, I read this with horror. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-124979/Plans-lock-mental-health-patients.html
Let me start by saying that I honestly do think there are some – rare, but some – cases where people need to be supported back to a place where they can make good choices about their lives again. In some cases, this might be about taking them to a place of safety whilst they get to a point they can cope again. I don’t have a problem with that, although I can’t imagine how distressing it must be.
The provision for this is NOT locking up – and do you honestly think that detaining people with serious mental distress is going to be a solution? For who, anyway? For the tax payers spending the money on this? For society, who loses out on a person of incredible value? For who?
Also, the headline? I’m a mental health patient So are a good deal of my friends. Please stop lumping us in with psychopathy/sociopathy – a very different set of illnesses. Because all you do is make out that anyone with a struggle is dangerous. More ostracism. Really helpful to all concerned. As for your article recently that decided mental illness was not in fact an illness – are you serious? Do we really want to go back to the days when that was wasn’t recognised? You’ll be casting out demons next.
Daily Mail, I seriously wonder whether you should be legal. Who do you actually like? No-one I know, for sure.
If you have a heart, do me a favour. Please unlock it and let real life enter. Just for a minute, ok? It’ll be painful. But also the best decision you ever made.