Monday, 16 September 2013

Understanding Mental Health - Get Well Soon

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When someone is poorly you tell them to "get well soon" yes? If so then why do so few people say it to people who are mentally ill because they too can "get well". So it may not be instantaneous but in all honesty does any form of ill-health lead to instant recovery. If someone breaks their leg their leg doesn't recover the second they get a cast off; they may still need pain relief medication and/or physiotherapy. This is no different to mental ill health, a person with anorexia may be hospitalised, resulting in weight gain but this doesn't mean the anorexia is gone, therefore they will continue having treatment in the same way the person with a broken leg does.

Hospital visiting is awkward, there is no other way to describe it. You go to visit your grandma after she has had a heart attack for a couple of hours and you are expected to talk to them for the entirety of these couple of hours. It is an artificial situation. That is no different to visiting someone in a mental health setting, people use the excuse "we'll I don't know what to say", are you trying to tell me that you plan what you're going to say in a physical setting? No, therefore it is, yet again, just the same!

I'm sorry your brain is poorly. Mental health is still hugely stigmatised, there is no denying it, I don't understand why people think it is some form of choice though. A mental illness seems to be somewhat devalued against physical illness, why is it that it is acceptable for any part of your body to get poorly but as soon as it is your brain it is not acceptable?! The brain is in charge of lots of stuff, if anything having a poorly brain has a MASSIVE knock on affect to so many other parts of your body and tat should be acknowledged. A poorly brain makes for quite the bumpy journey.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. If you know someone suffering from mental ill-health send them a card, visit them, ask them how they're doing.

Hannah :) x

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