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kirstybm

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Hello,

I this is my first post on the forum and the reason for me signing up is because recently I have found that my anxiety has been increasingly rising, and this is due to the way in which I abuse alcohol, I have tried to do research online on different ways that I can get some support, and in all fairness there has been a lot available for example the 24 hour mental health crisis line. I do believe though that there is more that can be done for individuals going through similar experiences to myself, especially because once you reach a certain age the help and support becomes limited the older you are.

I would like to reach out to everyone and ask what you believe would be helpful in the advancements of mental health awareness and support? what do you believe can and should be done to further assist with these issues?
 
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HoggiePoggie

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First of all welcome to the forum!
Yes I do agree that older people are less likely to relieve care quickly or at all, for example I (an 18 year old) was seen within 3 weeks of referral to a mental health nurse for anxiety, however my auntie was basically told she wouldn't be allowed to because the waiting times are so long.
I think it's possibly due to the idea that children come first, which is present in other health services but this doesn't generally ring true when compared to the elderly. Basically unless you're under the age of 18 or are elderly you're going to be overlooked unless it's serious.
What can be done? I'm not sure, the stigma needs to be broken surrounding mental health first to get rid of prejudice and perception. In terms of actual healthcare I think there should be emphasis on the middle population. Again this is a difficult thing because of healthcare budgets and whatnot so it's unlikely there will be any improvement soon.
 
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What steps do you think can be made to break that stigma? Do you think there should be more education surrounding these issues so that other people can have a better understanding?

Although there is a lot of information out there, I myself am still reluctant to use some of the services provided out there, mainly because I sometimes feel as if mental health isn't taken as seriously as other sectors. It's as if some people need to physically see the pain before they believe it.

The middle population need more services out there specificly for them, mental health doesn't discriminate and it most certainly caused all affected to be vulnerable.
 
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What steps do you think can be made to break that stigma? Do you think there should be more education surrounding these issues so that other people can have a better understanding?

Although there is a lot of information out there, I myself am still reluctant to use some of the services provided out there, mainly because I sometimes feel as if mental health isn't taken as seriously as other sectors. It's as if some people need to physically see the pain before they believe it.

The middle population need more services out there specificly for them, mental health doesn't discriminate and it most certainly caused all affected to be vulnerable.
 
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HoggiePoggie

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Although there is a lot of information out there, I myself am still reluctant to use some of the services provided out there, mainly because I sometimes feel as if mental health isn't taken as seriously as other sectors. It's as if some people need to physically see the pain before they believe it.
That is exactly how I see it, you're right on the money with the idea that people only look for physical symptoms rather than reading between the lines.
Regarding how to break the stigma, I agree that there should be a greater initiative to educate younger populations on mental health and encourage them to speak out without fear of persecution. Whether this be through school or not I am not sure but I certainly think there should be a greater move by government bodies or health services to make mental health as equally as important as other medical areas.
 
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That is exactly how I see it, you're right on the money with the idea that people only look for physical symptoms rather than reading between the lines.
Regarding how to break the stigma, I agree that there should be a greater initiative to educate younger populations on mental health and encourage them to speak out without fear of persecution. Whether this be through school or not I am not sure but I certainly think there should be a greater move by government bodies or health services to make mental health as equally as important as other medical areas.
The problem is, persecution does happen. I've been in this since I was 18. It never occurred to me to be reticent with my issues or diagnoses, though I never harped on them. But I've seen, more and more, that when people know, it changes how they see me. Doctors included. You can search this forum and find anecdotes of people who have been treated terribly by the health system because someone found out they had some psychiatric disorder. Even when what they were in for, had nothing to do with it. So younger people who would be willing to speak up are quashed and belittled before any difference can be made.
 
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The problem is, persecution does happen. I've been in this since I was 18. It never occurred to me to be reticent with my issues or diagnoses, though I never harped on them. But I've seen, more and more, that when people know, it changes how they see me. Doctors included. You can search this forum and find anecdotes of people who have been treated terribly by the health system because someone found out they had some psychiatric disorder. Even when what they were in for, had nothing to do with it. So younger people who would be willing to speak up are quashed and belittled before any difference can be made.
Hm never thought of it that way, guess I was being too optimistic. Although my main issue is that I seem to think that this generation will be more accepting of mental health since alot of us have been affected by it but then the question arises of whether we're as different as we tjink we are to the last generation?
 
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HoggiePoggie

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The problem is, persecution does happen. I've been in this since I was 18. It never occurred to me to be reticent with my issues or diagnoses, though I never harped on them. But I've seen, more and more, that when people know, it changes how they see me. Doctors included. You can search this forum and find anecdotes of people who have been treated terribly by the health system because someone found out they had some psychiatric disorder. Even when what they were in for, had nothing to do with it. So younger people who would be willing to speak up are quashed and belittled before any difference can be made.
Hm never thought of it that way, guess I was being too optimistic. Although my main issue is that I seem to think that this generation will be more accepting of mental health since alot of us have been affected by it but then the question arises of whether we're as different as we tjink we are to the last generation?
 
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Hm never thought of it that way, guess I was being too optimistic. Although my main issue is that I seem to think that this generation will be more accepting of mental health since alot of us have been affected by it but then the question arises of whether we're as different as we tjink we are to the last generation?
I think that's true. I hope it is anyway! As long as we can make it through without succumbing to their fears.
 
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HoggiePoggie

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I think that's true. I hope it is anyway! As long as we can make it through without succumbing to their fears.
It's very much an us and them thing, I don't really feel connected to those who don't understand anymore. I don't know what hurts more, the fact that I don't have a relationship like I used to have or that they can't understand mental illness.
 
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