What is the mental health news this week? I’m glad you asked. First up we have an old orange human with an unsettling amount of power who thinks that, despite mountains of evidence, mental illness is the reason loads of people got shot. Following that, we have a mother left without a son due to suicide and is calling for changes to how universities in England deal with mental illness. We then hear about a group in Ireland that is attempting to tackle the problem of male suicides with a great interview from a former roadie. New figures show that the NHS in England turns away a mere 150 vulnerable children a day from mental health services – let’s all look forward to the result of that in 15 years. And finally, we learn that the Daily Mail has as much journalistic depth as the learning pool for toddlers or a half-evaporated puddle, as they try to link Christmas songs to poor mental health.
Trump decided this week to independently say that guns were not responsible for the worst mass shooting in Texas history and instead blame mental illness – despite studies showing that mental health is not a precursor to violence. Watch out for the news reports regarding the gunman’s escape from a mental facility, which he was put there for violent behaviour. His history of violence and easy access to guns was definitely not the issue though. If you want to read more you can catch my full write up here.
Mother of Oxford student who took his own life calls for overhaul of mental health care in British universities (The Telegraph)
This is the sad story of a grade A student at one of the best universities in the world taking his life. And, the only reason I mention those things is to once again hammer home the point it can happen to anyone. This article details an interview with his mum and her call for a change in the way university deals with mental health issues. Mainly she wants them to deal with mental health issues, the problem, however, is that some universities are better than others or richer than others. This then results in patchy mental health care. It is almost like we need one national level service that is easily accessible and can provide basic care for those most in need…
or lets cut funding to that service and begin to privatise it which will lead to exponential cost increase.
Who is Mike Bartlett? Well, he is a prolific roadie who has toured with some of the biggest bands in the world over a 30-year career, oh and he has crippling panic attacks, depression and anxiety. In this honest interview, he opens up about how he sees himself, the illnesses that affected his life and how he is involved with Mojo. Mojo, is an Irish based organisation that is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicides. It is fantastic work and they should be commended. If you like to restrict yourself to one click per Mental Health Digest I would recommend this one, Mike is a great guy and I think his openness could really help people.
The NHS was recently voted the best health service in the world by an organisation I haven’t researched. Interestingly though this accolade seems to be the signal for those in power to stop funding this great service as it must be doing OK. If this article tells us one thing, it is that it is not OK. 150 children a day are turned away from the NHS and considering 75% of all adult mental illnesses relate to childhood, this might be something we come to regret in a few years time. Everyone seems so short-sighted when it comes to mental health issues or even just health issues in general. Invest now, and reap the rewards later, reduce costs now and experience an overburdened system later.
Jingle hell: Psychologists warn shops that two months of non-stop Christmas hits could damage staff’s mental health (Daily Mail)
In the Daily Mail’s quest for
news views, they decided to turn their attention to the devilish Christmas songs which are causing so many young people to get mental issues. Except, that doesn’t appear to be the case at all. Firstly, in the title, they use the plural form of ‘psychologist’, which is weird because they only have a quote from one. Secondly the psychologist who was interview clearly says that listening to repetitive music in general would be annoying. Haven’t studied psychology myself but I do suspect being annoyed is not a mental illness. I’d say click on the link to see the ridiculousness of the article but then I’d feel in some way responsible for the continuation of a negative influence on so many people’s lives. Like a man who has AIDS but doesn’t tell his sexual partners.
That is it for this week’s roundup. I’m sure you will agree it has been a good week, well, it hasn’t has it? I mean, the president of the United States blamed mental illness as the cause of a major crime without any evidence, and the Daily Mail think being slightly annoyed is a mental illness. I think we truly have a long way to go unless both Donald Trump and the Daily Mail stop existing tomorrow. I will still exist though, and that includes for next week’s digest – see you then!
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