As if we could not be aware, as mental health is everywhere- Its mental health awareness week.
But let us explore where such awareness has got us.
NHS digital tells us a sixth of England has a mental problem (issue).
Yes, an epidemic, worse than in the USA.
1 in 6 people in England are zombiefied on antidepressants, a quarter of Scotland,our Government’s reaction- it should be 1 in 3.
FOIA reveal 5,621 attacks on Sheffield Health and Social Care ( now a for profit com) NHS workers in the past 5 years, so ‘treatment’ appears, anything but voluntary .
The government’s answer, is to criminalise the ‘mental’ under the Assaults on Emergency Workers Act , how,remains unknown.
Autism and learning disablity, ( behavioural issues ), are now mental disorders under the MHA, and in addition, have more mental labels foisted upon them to justify drugs and expensive care.
Mental disorders are making huge, untaxed profit for NHS providers, now eating a fifth of our total NHS budget, via USA UHS/Acadia.
And also profit for the NHS Foundation Trusts, that commission these services, increasingly, like Sheffield Health and Social Care, themselves privatised, and buying up and providing commissioned services themselves.
As, unlike other parts of NHS, the cost of ‘treatment’ is minimal – drugs and containment, so the profit potential is huge- NHS pay £13,000 a week per secure bed.
And, despite the huge sums of public money spent, there is no measure of outcomes, and no means of complaint.
Hospital detainments are at an all time high,and no longer in designated wards in general hospitals, but in newly built private ones.
The role of the AMHP has been created, to detain anyone who needs assessment, and MHA section, with the help of a police triage, without a warrant anywhere, other than their home – hotel, police custody, neighbour’s house- domestics and calls for assistance are now resulting in MHA section.
The police are effectively part of our mental service.
Celebrities, Royals, footballers and their managers and this week Coronation Street ( already paid for scripted mental charactors )increase mental health awareness.
But what is this’ awareness’ with Fry’s ‘there are people out there desperate to be heard’ and Prince William’s ‘ being able to talk about how you are feeling’
Such words absorbed into society’s psyche by multimedia everywhere in minute broadcasts.
Is there not by their words, a danger that emotions per se – anger, frustration, grief, dispair, exploitation will be taken as signs of mental disorders and we will be discouraged from expressing them ,conversely causing psychological problems ?
And to whom can we express these emotions ?
School children are told not to be ‘mood hoovers’, encouraged to be ‘ a radiator not a drain’, and we are told to avoid negativity to protect our own mental health.
How does this encourage talking about how people really feel ?
Is there not a danger, that in expressing emotions, they then will be judged as ‘mentally unstable’, preventing any passionate opinion or emotion .
Is this not a danger to freedom of thought and expression and even a convenient means of marginalisng/silencing dissenters?.
Worse still, as Prince William says’ we are not robots’, but could awareness ‘turn us into happy, clappy prescribed robots, as we strive to avoid a mental label.
A label, we are told is without a stigma, but one that can be used to sack us, remove our children, destroy our crediability, medicalise and even lock us up .
As in Victorian times to silence difficult wives and pregnant single woman.
So what is meant by ‘mental health’, and how has it been extended to effectively ‘feelings’ and unhappiness?.
I thought it strange that the first thing Dave Cameron did was to measure our happiness announcing.
‘ I do believe government has the power to help improve wellbeing.”
I’d noticed an increase use of the meaningless, seemingly innoucous term ‘wellbeing’, my former employer even renaming a University Department Health and Wellbeing.
Little did I know, that Cameron was heralding an up and coming Zeitgeist of enforced happiness,in a time of austerity, unemployment and debt.
Little did I know, the huge significance of ‘wellbeing’ , utilised by the expanding Occupational Health industry, where those insufficiently happy employees are sent eased out of their jobs without public, expensive tribunal claims.
Wellbeing Centres are all over the country, particularly, in poorer areas.
All emotions- sadness, dispair, anger, worry, frustration are now dangerous, as we are told everywhere, they are signs of abnormality, a lack of wellbeing, ultimately a mental disorder.
Such is the political control of our ‘feelings’.
Wellbeing appears to have created a slippery slope in our age of mental awareness,an exelerator from normal unhappy behaviour to mental labeling, and State control of our lives.
Insidiously over the past ten years, we have been made aware of specific disorders self harm, bi polar, self harm, depression,and suicide.
All with their magic bullet drug and expensive hospital detainment
All pathogenic/inate, not social, not circumstances, all blamed on the disordered,
Ultimate victims for profit.
All diagnosed on a symptom basis
All research and media awareness financed by governments.
Normal hormonal changes in puberty and pre and post pregnancy are signs of mental disorder. Even their partners are targeted by the NHS.
Even morning sickness and the menopause can produce mental disorders..
Victims of physical and mental abuse are now labelled trauma victims and further victimised by the State.by mental disorders.
New government backed Charities have sprung up everywhere to cope with these potential mental issues which are spun from every normal reaction.
Cameron continued his mental health crusade, and by February 2013, NHS bosses allowed the world’s biggest drugs firms’ lobbying company to draft a report shaping our future health policy.
As he appealed for removal of mental stigma and encouraged the public to talk to their GPs promising to put more money into NHS mental
At the time at least 62 Tory MPs had financial connections with pharmaceutical companies by then the UK’s third largest industry .
Three years later, a cross party Mental Taskforce ,reported on the future policy of our mental health services,
‘There has been a transformation in mental health over the last 50 years. Advances in care, the development of anti-psychotic and mood stabilising drugs’
So ‘treatment’ was very much enforced drugging and containment.
A mental epidemic equals profit,- huge and tax free- and all that need be done, is to use ‘pink elephant’ ironic psychology to put ‘mental disorders’- now 370- in our psyche ,by awareness by expensive media campaigns.
And in our isolated, vicious, oppressed, depressed culture, it will be easy to harvest more and more distressed commodities.
All treated without even humanity, let alone compassion.