We Carry On

You may recall that in my post There Is Still Time To Change I told you that the excellent Time To Change (TTC) organisation was coming to the end of its road on 31 March, as it was no longer going to be in receipt of government funding. Well, that day has been and gone, and the organisation is no more, as shown by these two emails that I received on the day:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is sad to see them go, but it is good to know that their work will be continued. Their two parent organisations, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, are both well established as providers of support for mental health, and as one of the ongoing effects of the pandemic will cause an increased demand for mental health services all such support is likely to be required.

As the emails make clear, the main focus of TTC’s work has been on attempting to reduce the stigma which attach to mental illness, and to change attitudes towards it. The continuation of a legacy website as a resource is very good news, as is the fact that Time To Talk Day will also still be with us. I posted #TimeToTalk Day 2021 for this year, and look forward to doing so again next year. I’ve checked the website, which is indeed still there, though it appears to be lacking some of its visuals. You can find it here if you’d like to know more.

The websites for the other two organisations I have mentioned are also well worth visiting for information, especially if you are in need of support or know someone who is. This is Rethink, and here is Mind. I was a volunteer committee member for one of Mind’s local branches for many years, and can testify from first hand experience to how much good work they do. I hope you or your loved ones don’t need their help, but their resources are there for you if you do.

This has been very much a British-based post, but mental health is a concern everywhere. If you are in the USA, as many of my readers are, the Healthy Place organisation runs a campaign called Stand Up For Mental Health: you can find a link by clicking the image to the right or by using this link. The World Health Organisation also has a page for mental health, from which you will be able to find links to other countries: just go here.

Sadly, I fear that there will always be a need to reduce the stigma around mental health, as this is so ingrained in so many people and in so many parts of society. But please, please, if you think you or someone close to you needs help, don’t let this deter you from asking for it. I know from my own experience that taking that first step is the hardest thing to do, and being afraid of what others might say or think of you is part of that. But rest assured that it will be the right thing to do, and you won’t regret it. And whilst there are organisations campaigning against the stigma, there will always be someone in your corner. Take care, and I wish you a Happy Easter.

 

28 thoughts on “We Carry On

  1. Perhaps more important than ever in light of the complications of Corona Virus and mental health issues. I was so glad for the break produced by the lock down, that I was caught off guard at first by reactions. But if home is not a safe place, being stuck there could be and was disastrous for some people. Sad to see an increase in mh symptoms. I appreciate your posting about British concerns, even knowing that as you and others have said, mental health does not restrict itself to a gender, or a country. But one of the benefits to me as a blogger doing link parties is learning about what life is like in other countries. Our news and culture is pretty centered on “it’s all about us.” But I won’t digress. Thank you for this post. Michele

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    • I think it took us all by surprise and my fear is that the effects will be felt for long after the pandemic has been controlled: probably for years, as treatment resources are limited and underfunded. I spoke from the perspective I know but I’m pretty sure this is the same everywhere. Like you, I enjoy getting a perspective from other countries: it’s one of the joys of blogging being universal.

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  2. Ah, this is so sad. I definitely hope that mental health services won’t go down any further. I know that this organization is aiming at stigma reduction, not support, so in this sense I’m glad Rethink and Mind are still in operation.

    I can definitely see how the pandemic leads to more people struggling with mental health issues. My nurse at the assertive community treatment team here didn’t notice it, but then again her team caters only to those with severe mental illness. I’m inclined to think the basic mental health services for those with less severe issues are probably overloaded.

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    • Yes, it’s sad, and you’re right to pick up that Rethink and Mind are still there providing support as well as fighting stigma. I’m not surprised your nurse hadn’t noticed a change: as you say, it is the much wider impact on the less severely ill which will put pressure on services long after the pandemic is contained. As well as having had my own issues I worked in mental health for 20 years and it was underfunded then – I suspect things are worse now.

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  3. No rhyme or reason for the decisions government makes. Some programs that easily can go by the wayside line somebody’s pockets while others that are needed drift away.

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  4. You are so right, my friend. Mental illness is not a product of any one country, ethnicity, or gender … it is a non-discriminatory disease that none of us are completely immune from. There should be no stigma attached, but sadly there will always be those with a superiority complex. Thanks for the helpful info on both sides of the pond.

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    • Thanks, Stevie. I guess they had to save every penny they could so that they could afford to waste all that money on Track and Lose, unusable PPE, and the Nightingale white elephants, rather than spend it on something important and effective. I guess none of the people involved with TTC went to the right schools…

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  5. it’s a shame to read about such organizations losing their funding, but like you, I hope that does not diminish keeping mental health front and center. I appreciate your doing your part to keep people informed of its importance, and the stigma that is often associated with it…

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  6. I think it is important that organisations like this get the funding they need as just because you don’t have a plaster cast or some obvious injury doesn’t mean you do not need help or are not hurting inside 🙂 x

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    • They had been funded for 12 years but the government cut it. Presumably the money is going instead into the pockets of their chums who have failed miserably to deliver during the pandemic. At best, I’d describe it as shortsighted. You’re right: if people can’t see it they either fear it or don’t think it exists x

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