You too can recover from a nervous breakdown - Be compassionate everyday!
Whilst it is heartening to hear of this projected estimated spending on this area of the health service - what the figures reveals is that so many children, and adults are suffering from mental ill health.
As an individual with perfect health, I do not take it for granted,
Almost a decade ago I remember being in a very different space emotionally and was thankful for the services of alternative medicine and conventional medicine - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Exposed-Francesca-Darien-Hyde-LLB-MA-ebook/dp/B08PZBNDHB
In today's copy of the FT (6/3/2021), writer Horatio Clare writes encouraging about his recovery from a nervous breakdown and his enthusiasm for new therapies - 'There's no cure for being you or me'.
Recently I read a piece by the actor David Hare, who had a brief spell in hospital when he was younger, having suffered and recovered from a nervous breakdown - 28/02/2021 The Observer Newspaper.
Music fans may remember Neneh Cherry's candid account of her nervous breakdown and complete recovery. More recently her daughter Mabel, has also spoken about her struggles with mental ill health - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8793629/Mabel-reveals-feels-liberated-accepting-shell-struggle-mental-health.html
Billie Piper, recently candidly recalled her spell in hospital, battling her demons in 'Elle' magazine 2021 issue -https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/culture/a35397119/billie-piper-mental-health/
There was not much sympathy for the footballer, who suffered a nervous, which is a shame because many people lack sympathy when the sufferer is a millionaire - it is almost as if society does not expect millionaires to suffer from emotional ill health from time to time.
Many women, giving birth, suffer from Post Partum Depression, better known as the 'Baby Blues', which can be a serious illness - https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/postpartum-depression-and-the-baby-blues.htm
What is encouraging about such celebrities and sports stars is that they fully recover with the support of the medical profession and go on to lead normal lives - and do not necessarily want that one blip to be the thing that defines them.
One of my favourite jazz musicians Thelonious Monk also bravely battled with mental ill health throughout his career as documented wonderfully by Hannah Rothschild in the book 'The Baroness' and the documentary of the same name - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Baroness-Search-Rebellious-Rothschild-Mar-2013
Mental health awareness week in May 2021 - let's all be more compassionate and not define a person by a short spell in hospital that they may have had in the past.
Even Bible characters have suffered from emotional ill health at times.
Job was a man who had everything life had to offer, a happy family, 10 children. affluence, health, a lovely wife and home - and then in an instant - due to a supernatural enemy - lost it all and suffered so deeply that he longed for the grave. After a period of time, his health was restored, his affluence returned and he was able to smile again - JOB 1-2, 42.
King Nebuchadnezzar suffered from the divinely inflicted Boanthropy, an illness that causes one to behave as an animal would. The king even lived out in the wild for 7 years until his sanity and kingdom were restored - chapter 4 DANIEL makes a fascinating read and is written from the perspective of the King who experienced a 7 year breakdown.
What is encouraging in all circumstances is that complete recovery is possible and can render the person even more compassionate towards others than they were before.
Come on people - let's cut past and present sufferers of mental ill health a bit of slack and say and or do something compassionate - not just for the upcoming mental health awareness week but every day of the week!