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Everyone says people need help, but what about when the help you need isn't mental health related at all?
We're always happy to talk about counselling, or more money to the NHS, or early monitoring and being a bit nicer to each other, but we never seem to ask wider reaching questions about society. Sure, some people with perfectly steady lives get inexplicable anxiety problems - but equally, plenty of people have severe anxiety because they don't know whether they can make the rent this month, and if they do they know they'll be in the same situation next month and have to calculate whether they eat 2 weeks into that month and risk not paying the rent, or starve for a week. If you *aren't* anxious in that situation, you're probably mentally ill.
I appreciate it sounds a bit flippant and maybe a bit self-centred since this guy probably did need all sorts of mental health help, maybe it even seems a bit like trying to push a political agenda (It's not, I just wish we'd *talk* about it.) but it's really been reinforced by my own experience with what were *apparently* mental health problems. Looking back, for the entire period I was depressed, suicidal ideation, problem drinking, etc, it was because I was quite obviously going nowhere with my life and looking back on it they were on a complete wild goose chase trying to medicate that away. I didn't need drugs, I didn't need to talk about it (though I often did so at length and it helped me organise my thoughts), what I needed to escape from that hellish hole was a *future.*