Sunday, September 26, 2021

Comments by Erin Dawes

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  • The popularisation of the ‘talk about it’ solution to mental distress is just another result of the neoliberal political philosophy adopted by the governments (of all parties) in the US and the UK. Blaming men’s (and women’s) problems on their reluctance to talk about their mental health is so much cheaper for our governments than tackling the causes of the problems – ludicrously high housing costs, insecure employment contracts, wages that are too low to live on, lack of social services, etc, ad infinitum. It’s just another version of the ‘if you fall sick, it’s your own fault’ narrative that lets governments off the hook when it comes to funding the basics of an equitable society.

  • Thanks for this Sami. It is truly sad. As the parent of a young adult, hearing so many stories from her about the prevalence of mental health issues among her school and university friends, I was mystified as to why this could be, because when I was the same age as her (in the 1970s) mental health problems in young people seemed to be extremely rare. I could not decide if
    a) high levels of depression, autism, etc. had been there all the time, but hidden because no-one was looking, and kids were therefore suffering in silence;
    b) there had actually been lots of young people taken away and locked up in mental hospitals in the 70s but it was seen as so shameful that it was not talked about; or
    c) the pressures of our society today were pushing many more kids into mental health problems.
    None seemed to quite explain it. Yours is the only explanation that seems to make sense, but I wish it were not true.