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World Mental Health Day

Mark_01

Mark_01

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World Mental Health Day has come and gone, and if I am suppose to be happy about it, I am not. Am much happier I made a good pot of coffee this morning. I think World Mental Health Day is for mental health workers to have an office party and kiss each other and tell themselves what a great job they are doing. Meanwhile, the tens of thousands homeless mentally ill in California are still homeless and ignored. Help for the homeless is mostly for the unemployed, the unemployable drunks and drug addicts, and those who prey upon the homeless.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 20 to 25% of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness. In comparison, only 6% of Americans are severely mentally ill (National Institute of Mental Health, 2009).

I hate the social worker at the Veterans' Hospital who laughed at me because I was homeless. He probably had a happy World Mental Health Day. That was back in the 90's. I know I am suppose to forgive him and move on, but he is one of the voices laughing at me.

Googled World Mental Health Day and the first thing that came up was a BBC article, World Mental Health Day: What is mindfulness? There is a photo of a very beautiful young girl holding a smart phone and there is a cup of coffee by her hand. "They," the mental health workers, want to help her with her mental health problems. The same "they" don't want to deal with the mentally ill who are homeless, filthy and smelling and have no money to buy a cup of coffee. When I was homeless, the last thing I needed was "mindfulness." Like so many of the mentally ill homeless, I needed food, shelter, and medical care... and a shower... a safe, clean place to go potty. Far as I am concerned, the person who wrote the BBC article about mental health and mindfulness, has their head up their ass.

It is not a nice pretty world.
 
Anime-Alchemy

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I guess there is both good and bad to the awareness of mental health. It may allow some people open up about their mental health.
I'm sorry to hear about that person who laughed at you.
 
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