For years, mental health hasn’t been completely understood nor had support as much as it should do. This needs to change. Although there is 10% of funds used for mental health, I feel that it’s not enough.
I read about someone that rung a mental health institute asking for help however they saw his condition as “non serious” therefore agreed that they would get back to him within a couple of days. The individual had no help and went out a took multiple lives and made others suffer. This person reached out for a hand to help and instead was put on a list. A system. A piece of paper to be dealt with another time. Why is Mental health not funded? Why is there not more support for those who could do with guidance and support? Why is around 1% of money put into mental health? Why even in 2017 is there not more help for those who desperately seek for it?
Do you know the stories of serial killers who had conditions yet were simply not understood by others? David Berkowitz was responsible for a killing spree from 1976 to 1977 that killed 6 people. After being caught, he claimed that his neighbours dog told him to kill the people. David was diagnosed with paranoid Schizophrenia.
Jeffrey Dahmer was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. He was still viewed as competent to stand trial for killing 17 people and was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. He was later murdered by a fellow inmate.
These are but a few examples of how mental health can lead to horrific consequences. These people had such severe mental illnesses that their minds were responsible for lives being taken. There hasn’t been much help at all into mental health in the past due to the lack of understanding maybe being a major factor however now that it is being understood, why isn’t there more effective places for people to go when they are struggling? Why can’t there be more money put into this department?
If you see someone in pain with a broken leg, you want to help them. You go to hospital and they put a cast on it or some sort of various treatment. When someone is having a mental illness, rather than a physical one, should it be treated and supported equally?
I feel that mental illness should be treated a lot more. The pain may not be one that can be seen, but it is something that someone struggles with constantly. Every day. We should be supporting these people and allowing them to have help. Why is there such limited access for mental health patients to go to receive help? Why is there no money to fund this? Why can’t we realise that if those serial killers had received help and support at the time, they may not have done what they did. We need to now understand mental health and give it more attention. This is happening right now. This is important. This is something that if given to individuals, could prevent lives from being taken.
Although some money is used for mental health, I feel we need more money invested into it. Instead of using it for things that are unnecessary, such as using money into decoration or refurbishment like Big Ben, I feel that mental health should be a priority and thought about.
This is important.
This needs publicity.
This needs attention.
Without the victims of mental health receiving help, they become very lost into their own minds as they feel the control slip away.
Please, lets do something about this longitudinal issue. It has been long enough now.
Until next time,