GRAPH OF DISCONTENT
When the topic of my Mum’s illness comes up I’m always offered the advice / question “Have you tried getting her help?”. People assume that mental health services help when someone has mental health issues. But the reality is a roller coaster where the system is the solution and the problem at once. I wish more people saw the toll this system has and how unhuman it’s made us - to the point that now if Mum is thinking about suicide, we barely take time to realise how heartbreaking that is, we’re so relieved she’s sick enough to qualify for help.
From Satellite - At times in people’s lives when simplicity of access to help and support is craved for, when mental illness roars and takes over, there can be a maze of complex and unnavigable service systems. Roadmaps are sought and can be hard to find, contributing to heavy hearts. We are listening to these stories of navigation and what they tell us to do differently.
We want to extend a massive thanks to Ash over at http://itsallgood.net.au/ for so generously bringing to life this graph of discontent. You are a legend.
Listening to the stories of others like these can sometimes remind you of parts of your own life that were or are sad or difficult. Life might feel difficult right now. If reading or watching anything on this site has raised any issues or feelings for you, we encourage you to reach out to a family member or friend to talk to, or to call one of the free 24 hour support lines listed below.
Lifeline – 13 11 14 is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention service.
Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636 call any time of the day or night – select from the voice menu or simply hold on the line to talk with a trained mental health professional.
Kids Helpline | Phone Counselling Service - 1800 55 1800