The big problem with mental health

 That big problem is an outdated concept. It’s an outdated concept that tells us that the only reason anyone should need to see a mental health professional is when they are having a problem at that moment. Here are some recent statistics put out just recently. 

 

“Here in the UK,1 in 4 British adults will experience a diagnosed mental health problem in any one given year. Anxiety is now more common than ever, with 1 in 5 people being affected. in the UK Self-harm rates are some of the highest in Europe”

The truth

These statistics do show that we have a big problem regarding mental health. But its understanding more about this outdated concept and the way in which we view mental health rather that the information given in them. It is understanding the way the NHS in the past, promoted mental health and partly by the general public’s understanding of the history of the mental health system and how it actually works. 

At one point the NHS was reported to recently employee up to approximately 1500 people in Brussels just to lobby politically. Mental health is an easy tool for them to try and win both public opinion or cause political damage. Political activities within the NHS have used mental health as a tool to their end, to either try to win public feeling and to cause government political damage for the gain additional NHS funding. Plain and simple, it’s all about using mental health as a tool for yet more and more NHS funding from consecutive governments. Or put it a simpler way, it’s all been about money. That in Its self-many would argue, would not be a bad thing, but wait, when you understand that the NHS was never from the onset mandate to cover much of mental health in the 1st instance, and what it claims to be all mental health, actually isn’t. 

Onset of NHS

Let’s go back in time, at the onset of the NHS, It was agreed then in 1949, that the majority of what is termed today as mental health would not be on the NHS, that this would be private practice. To understand this, what today we term as “mental health” is not all mental health and never has been medically mental health. Psychosis is mental health issue so is Schizophrenia, these are mental health illness, anxiety is not a mental illness, anxiety is a normal human emotion, high levels of anxiety are actually an emotional illness, phobia, is an emotional illness, addiction is an emotional illness, there are big differences between mental health and emotional health? Emotional illness can mostly be resolved and cured quite quickly and simply with the right kind of therapy, counselling, psychotherapy, mindfulness, clinical hypnotherapy. Mental health issues on the other hand, do take a lot more medical care and longer-term care and treatment. So the facts above are not actually true, 1 in 4 us us will not have a mental illness, figures vary, but only about 5% to 7% of us will have a mental illness, but about 80of us will suffer an emotional illness, ie, stress, anxiety, fear, phobia, addiction at some point in our life. The 1 in 4 figures is only when you manipulate emotional health figures into mental health data. Counselling, psychotherapy, and even clinical hypnotherapy, both the government and General Medical Council agreed to in 1949, that the tax payer and country would never be able to afford these if put on the NHS mandate of care. 

 

Look around you

Don’t believe it: look around you, the two attempts at mental health by the NHS system and social services both neither great success stories, those old enough to remember “institutionalisation” in the 1950s, 1960s & 1970s and in the 1980s “care in the community”. If fact all the good and bulk of the work has actually been done by the private sector and charities, charities like MIND and “The” Samaritans being two of the well-known ones, Google “anxiety counselling” or “addiction support” in your local area, it will give pages of listings for either or/and both private therapy practitioners, counsellors,psychotherapists, Mindfulnessclinical hypnotherapist and charities, MIND, Samaritans, Al.An, its been that way since 1949, but google was not around for you to search so easy. What has happened in the meantime, is that that political wing, (not medical) has confused and manipulated you in to what is mental health and what is emotional health, rather than use the time and money wisely to actually educated people. 

All of this is far away from the reality of modern therapy for emotional good health and well-being. Most people only go to see a mental health practitioner when they are experiencing a problem such as depression, anxiety, etc. This is the stereotypical attitude held by the common man or woman in society as well. It’s not their fault either, because this needs to change via education first. This stereotypical belief held common by so many people in society has major consequences. 

 

Taking a lesson about preventative care from other disciplines

It’s a commonly held belief that you should visit dentist every 6 months for a preventative checkup. This way you are avoiding serious, costly problems in the long-term and taking care of any early signs of poor dental health. The same applies to doctors or seeing your local GP as well. Now how about applying this same concept to mental health? How much different do you think some of those statistics would be if this attitude of preventative care was applied to mental health as well? This is where the fundamental concept and attitude of seeing mental health and its role in society needs to change. A preventative approach should also be applied to mental health as well. It should be necessary and be accepted to at least go in for a mental health checkup every 6 month just like you would with a dentist. There is nothing wrong with this at all. It’s about preventative care and taking necessary measures to ensure you have a cool and clear head. The facts are that we all go through hardships in life occasionally. We experience relationship breakups, work stress, divorce, the death of loved ones, just to name a few. These things are hard to deal with mentally and emotionally. Seeing a mental health professional for a preventative checkup every 6 month is a great way to ensure that everything is functioning normally mentally and emotionally. It’s also a great way to catch any early warning signs for a serious mental illness, then you can take care of it before it develops into a major problem in the long-term. 

 

Real world examples where preventative mental health checkups already occur and it works well

One such profession where preventative mental health checkups are required is for pilots. Pilots don’t necessarily want to do this, but they know that it’s a simple and effective way to guarantee that they will have a clear and cool head. Just like you and me, pilots experience the hardships that life sometimes throws up. The only difference between pilots and the average person is that they are taking a proactive approach to their mental health. Now they are in a position where they can catch the early warning signs of any potentially serious mental health problems. This proactive approach taken by pilots ensures that they are taking every possible measure to have a clear and cool head. It means they are in a good place to tackle life each day and its occasional hardships. 

 

Approach

This is the approach that should be taken by everyone but in order for that to happen, there needs to be a fundamental shift in the attitudes regarding mental health. That starts with education, like always, and it’s only from education that people will begin to see that the old way of viewing mental health is completely outdated. A proactive approach to mental health is what is needed if we are going to seriously tackle the problems we are currently facing as a society regarding mental illness. So we should all take a leaf from the book of pilots because there is a lot to learn from it for tackling mental health problems in society overall. If we adopt this proactive approach then we can drastically improve mental health in general and the quality of our own lives overall. If you would like to have a preventative checkup then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. There is no harm in making sure that you are functioning normally mentally and emotionally, and catching any early problems before they turn into big ones. 

Reality

With figures like 80% of us will have an emotional health problem at some point in our life, conditions like, anxiety,stress, fear phobia, an addiction, a bereavement, a relationship issueanger management, counselling, psychotherapy and other talk therapies are never going to be on the NHS in bulk. Various figures state that to do, so would hike our income tax rates up to 50% to 60% percent. No government of any political party is ever going to do that, to do so would be party political suicide, and if we are totally honest none of us want to put our hands that deep in our pockets and pay that much tax.