So mental health is in the news again. I receive this with both amusement and anger. I had a deep depression/breakdown nearly 50 years ago. I got better with the help of a wonderful psychiatrist and medication, plus time out. This illness was met with ideas about me of weakness, inadequacy and ‘perhaps she’s mad.’ I learnt it takes a certain type of courage to recover from the effects of that sort of illness. So lack of understanding and bigoted ignorance hasn’t changed even after 50 years if companies are being encouraged to up their game and support those with a mental illness. An illness that can affect anyone. When I went for promotion a couple of years after my recovery, my mental health was in question. I was recovered enough to meet this head on and got the promotion. Still the poor relation of our poorly National Health I hope for improvement in resources for mental health issues in all areas. Certainly it seems it was better all those years ago when I was ill.
by Ros Lucas