Let’s have a conversation about mental health.

I think that it is important to discuss mental health. This topic is so very important. We have to do a better job as a society at addressing this. From first hand experience, it can be really hard to get good quality help when you are suffering from mental illness. You have to be really vigilant and advocate for yourself at times. I could go on and on about the ways that I have felt the current health system has failed me, in regards to mental health especially. It is a crisis in this country. I want to tell you about how when I called my primary care physician to make an appointment when I was feeling very helpless and depressed. I told someone from the office over the phone how depressed I was feeling. They came back on line and said there would be no available appointments for ONE MONTH. They instructed me to call back to see if there were any cancellations for an earlier date. That was it. The phone call ended. What if I didn’t have a month to wait? There was no offer to help or empathy provided. No one asked me if I would like to be transferred to a therapist. They didn’t ask me if I would like the number to the suicide hotline or a crisis center. Nothing. This is a problem. Sad to say this isn’t the first or last time that myself or someone I love was treated this way. I will probably be posting more similar experiences about that later. It has been a few years since I started my journey towards recovering from childhood trauma. It has been a long road so far and I’m still on it. I have experienced deep loving connection and the deepest of internal hell. I have had to absolutely be my biggest source of support and advocate. There are not enough good quality therapists, support groups, resources, etc available. My heart goes out to anyone in this position. Please do not give up. I see you. This is one reason why I wanted to start this blog. I want to get the conversation going even more about these issues that are near and dear to my heart. Also because I wanted a space where I could share my story. I could choose to never publish this post or launch this site. It would just be in the ether of the internet. At least it would be out.