Posted: 13/08/2016 at 17:17
Who is more deserving of NHS funds?
The successful middle aged businessman I know who spends every evening absolutely blotto on gin rather than admit to friends, other businessmen and employees that he has an inherited bi polar condition
the talented young man who smokes a bit of dope to cope with the fact that his first memory as a child is of being thrown across the room by his successful academic father, and who was homeless at sixteen because his parents' new 'dream home in the country' only had two bedrooms and his father needed one of them as a study - he was put in a scuzzy rented room in the red light district of his local town and left to get himself back and forth to college.
All absolutely true.
Some people don't have the childhood and life experiences to make good choices - it doesn't make them bad people.
Some people don't have the unconditional love of parents and friends to give them the resilience to cope when life gets tough.
Some people have already had to cope with sexual abuse or bullying or bereavement, and then life gets really tough ...
The mental health service in this country is appalling - take antedepressants prescribed by a non-specialist GP and have a nine month wait for mental health support or maybe take no medication and go even further downhill resulting being Sectioned and admitted to a mental hospital as an in patient.
That's the choice given recently to someone I know who has been going to her doctor repeatedly for months asking for support for her anxiety and depression.
Is it any wonder that some people resort to 'a little something' that seems to help blank out the bad times
Don't judge a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes.