I just left a comment on the blog of a young woman from the United Kingdom named Laura who wrote about two different approaches she used to seek help from a mental health professional They struck me because I’ve heard of this from people I know. One school of thought is that we must go into an appointment smelling of b.o. and being quite thrown together. Pity anyone who rides the transit such a person, eh?
The other approach is to have cleaned up one’s act, looking well and talking like a sensible human being about one’s problems. I refer to the the first approach as sawing off one’s limb to see the doctor. In the new modern age of help and helping let’s strive to make people feel comfortable talking with us while they’ve got some of their wits about them. One of the massive failings of our current system is that it does not catch people before they’ve broken down and are presented for emergency services by relatives or others.
Mary Ellen Copeland, who is a second generation mental health consumer, developed something called the Wellness Recovery Action Plan as a self help system to assist people in recognizing symptoms of distress one might call early warning signs and dealing with them. Check the link for more information about her. In the meantime, what are things everyday people to keep going? I have a cat, for example. My neighbors like to garden. This afternoon, I will go to the YMCA. And over the weekend I spoke with friends at the First Unitarian Society. In other words, I keep busy and that’s what I encourage my consumers to do. Don’t saw off your arm, go get a cat. It’s much healthier.
- WRAP Reduces Depression and Anxiety, Improves Recovery (madinamerica.com)
- Free Webinar with Robert Whitaker and Mary Ellen Copeland (madinamerica.com)