Today is brought to you by the letter “N” and I choose for it to stand for “NEGLECT” as part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.
My theme for this Challenge is depression and anxiety and all that goes with it.
Have you ever felt neglected, while dealing with mental illness? I think we all have to some extent. Either you can’t afford or can’t find the help you need? You are certainly not alone. Some sobering facts on mental illness from the Canadian Mental Health Association:
- Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.
- 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
- Mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
- Approximately 8% of adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives.
- About 1% of Canadians will experience bipolar disorder (or “manic depression”).
I think the reason a lot of people dealing with mental illness feel alone in their plight is because a lot of the time, mental health issues go unreported. These are the neglected people and they are everywhere. There are a lot of people out there who don’t want to seek help with their depression or anxiety because they are embarrassed or think there is no help. They fall through the cracks and go unreported. Sometimes, it gets worse and is reported as mental illness in hindsight, after a suicide.
When you neglect to help yourself, it is hard for others to see you as in need of help. This just spirals out of control and you end up feeling helpless and broken.
There are lots of resources out there, ones you don’t know about yet so if you are struggling with depression and anxiety like I am, you need to know I have been recently helped by previously unknown (to myself) resources. A few weeks ago I had a real mental health crisis. I wanted to die and was fixated on it. I couldn’t get in out my head. My doctor set me up with one of her clinic’s mental health nurses for counseling and it is much better than my psychiatrist.
I am guilty of neglect myself. I feel I really need the help of a psychologist but I don’t have the money for one. In Canada, psychiatry is free but not a psychologist. I am covered with my work insurance but it will only get me about two sessions worth so I will forgo that option for now. I feel I have enough doctors’ appointments scheduled already.
As I am writing this, I see over on Yahoo News, there is a new headline:
Homaro Cantu Dead: Famed Chef Dies at 38 of Apparent Suicide
Did not know the man, don’t know his story but it seems to me it is one of neglect.