Recent publicity concerning the stigma attached to mental illness once again raised my heckles.When I started training in Psychiatry in the 50ths,we were told to try to eliminate the stigma.What have our governments done about it?
It is some time ago now
that I have written
of illness of the mind,
but the more I see,and the more I hear
the more difficult I find
to understand why people
attach to the subject a stigma,
it is an affliction like others
and not a great enigma.
I have been trying to tell people
that our minds
are part of our body too,
not some segregated organ
we simply can eschew.
but will people listen?
I don’t know about you?
I often feel I’m talking to myself,
until my face turns blue.
I am hoping that right now
by talking of mental health
through a movement being founded
By Royalty and people of wealth
all will listen to their pleas
and discard ingrained insanities
that created the dreadful stigma
and finally discard this enigma.
Let us talk now and understand,
and let us all lend a helping hand.
I do agree Peter, it is however difficult. There are so many types of illness, so many that scare people. Those outside the profession have little information on how to deal with things. We can only hope it will improve.
Thank you Mlke.I fully agree.All the more reason why we should discuss mental afflictions more openly. Perhaps one day everyone will understand that they are not something to be avoided in our conversations about ill health.I hope you are reasonably well. We are, after a few difficult weeks..Be lucky, Peter.