As someone who has suffered with depression for many years, and know full well the stigma surrounding it, I cannot tell you how happy I am (yes, even depressed people get happy!), that there are so many campaigns about mental health awareness at the moment. I also can’t get over how great it is that our young Royals are doing so much to speak out about mental health awareness and issues that they have confronted etc. I truly believe that talking about it and giving everyone a general understanding of what mental health involves is a great thing.
But, and alas there is a BUT, its all very well encouraging people to open up and admit any issues they are suffering from, to be honest about how they feel and how scared they possibly are, but it seems almost futile if there is still no funding available to help them. They’ve made that major step in opening up and admitting their feelings, a scary and brave thing to do. But then when they do, they are let down by having no support system in place or available to them. The wait lists to see medical professionals can be two years in some circumstances. This is unacceptable. Many people suffering with mental health issues will tell you, they are living day by day and being told to wait two years for help can sound hopeless.
I’m 100% not trying to discourage talking about it. I think it is an essential topic, that should be brought up in schools, but I find it worrying that money is spent on mental health awareness campaigns and not enough on providing the support for those who need it.