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| Mental Health
Mental Health is trending. We have stars like Lady
'The Rock' Johnson and Ryan
'Deadpool' Reynolds admitting to issues like PTSD, depression
And so, there is a huge surge in spotting it, handling it, even
revisiting the past with stories of how poorly it has been handled.
People can become survivors of self-harm, of suicidal tendencies, of so
many labels - without being ridiculed. And we think we are coping with
this new challenge, personally and as a society.
My issue with all this is that I believe mental health
issues are a response to a dysfunctional society.
So, I believe the default view on all this is reversed. The default
view is that these people are to be pitied, supported and helped. They
need to be spotted and integrated into our supposedly healthy society.
But what if these people are sensitive mirrors that show us the
sickness in our society?
And so, we need to do more than expose and label the issue, more than
get them to adjust to our dysfunctional society.
We need to spotlight the practices that perpetuate it all.
For example, all that running around after money, is this something
that is mental health? Corporate greed and the Rat Race? For me, it is
slavery to capitalism.
And what about all the separative,
even hateful politics?
we need to massively transform
society to one based on Love.
Read more at: Success
for Society, Solar
And what about the sacredness
of the incarnating soul?
Humans are grown and born as Beings of Love. However, in the womb and
at birth and after birth through childhood, we are doing so many things
that corrupt the Being of Love.
This is why I believe we need to build
babies, not jails. There would be far fewer criminals around
if we manage this. There
would be far fewer people with mental health issues.
intervention is key. That means getting things right like Attachment Parenting,
So, we need early intervention by:-
Labels and pity
and support coping are great, but not enough.
no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."
& Environmental Issues
Mind Matters (NHS) [Quiz, free
plan, expert advice, practical tips].
- Mind to Mind
[This Scottish NHS Inform website features over 30 videos from people
who have experienced their own challenges, each sharing their tips and
techniques for getting through life’s ups and downs].
Wetiko: On Capitalism, Mind Viruses, and Antidotes for a World in
(Alnoor Ladha & Martin Kirk, Kosmos, 2016).
not surprised half our psychologist colleagues are depressed
(The Guardian, 2016) [Social issues create
mental distress = what this website is often about.
it's not just about personal responsibility! See Success for Society...].
in mental health crisis of 'monumental suffering', say experts
(The Guardian, 2018) [In mental health,
every country is a developing country].
increases in air pollution linked to rise in depression, finds study
diet can affect your mental wellbeing (BBC Food,
pollution linked to more severe mental illness – study
(The Guardian, 2021) [Small rise in
exposure to air pollution leads to higher risk of needing treatment].
change: Young people very worried - survey (BBC,
2021) [The study warns Governments not to pathologise the
young. But, Australia is doing this - see here,
Rather, Governments need to act on the CEE,
stop using fossil fuels, dismantle capitalism,
move to degrowth.
The young are sensing the evil of the elite.].
a psychologist – and I believe we’ve been told
devastating lies about mental health (Dr Sanah Ahsan,
The Guardian, 2022)
[Society’s understanding of mental health issues locates the
problem inside the person, ignores the politics of their distress].
- The link between mental health and social conditions & Forgotten role of community psychology in treating mental illness (Letters, The Guardian, 2022) [Readers and healthcare professionals support Dr Sanah Ahsan].
- Study reveals links between UK air pollution and mental ill-health (The Guardian, 2023) [Long-term exposure to even low levels raises risk of depression and anxiety].
model of mental disorders
(Wikipedia) [People are not mentally ill,
but rather have
understandable reactions to traumatic events. I'd say this is not only
childhood/personal events, but also societal events like the oppression
under fire in mental health battle
(The Guardian, 2013)
[The root cause of lack of mental health is not biological,
so labels/diagnosis are inappropriate. Rather it's
trauma. We need to look at personal & societal life. System
a Mad, Mad World (Nick Parkins, Kindred Spirit,
2016) [Sorry, original hyperlink is broken, but it is reproduced here].
does your diagnosis make you feel? (BBC, 2018)
[Homosexuality used to be a psychological disorder that you were
labelled with. Is
a mental health diagnosis a lifeline to get needed support or a label
that stigmatises? It's a sad reflection of society that you need a
label to get support.].
with problems or problem children? (BBC, 2018)
is often how children communicate
hidden difficulties or distress].
is a response to emotional pain' (BBC Ideas, 2019)
[Brilliant 3m29s video exposing how basically we are living in a
painful society, as addiction is rampant everywhere].
is a Brain Disorder: 10 Myths (Dr Paul Thomas &
Jennifer Margulis PhD, Peggy O'Mara, 2020).
calling people ‘toxic’. Here’s why
(Hannah Baer, The Guardian, 2021)
[Believing others have fixed traits which don’t change yields
defensiveness, failure to listen, and failure to set boundaries].
big idea: Is it your personality, or a disorder? (Lucy Foulkes,
The Guardian, 2021) [Psychological diagnoses offer an
easy way in to understanding character – but our habit of
using them comes at a cost].
- Are women really more mentally ill than men? As a psychologist, I’m not so sure (Sanah Ahsan, The Guardian, 2023)
[Women are disproportionately diagnosed with mental problems. But what
if the crisis is one not of chemical imbalances, but power imbalances?].