It is good to hear Ed Miliband speak on mental health. When I called into Parliament myself no-one seemed to care less and could not help in any way.
I would like to see Jeremy Clarkson and Janet Street-Porter spend some time on an acute ward and go and visit some of the patients there. At the Bethlem Royal Hospital there were hardly any visitors to patients, there was nothing to do at weekends and my daughter referred to this as “prison”. I also wish they would help me in my campaign for better mental Health care and assessments done by Dr William Walsh to determine the underlying cause rather than dish out all these drugs. They are entitled to their opinion but obviously know nothing about mental health and it is a pity they do not put their efforts more positively into understanding and caring about others who are suffering deeply. They should perhaps also read some of the books out like Pharmageddon, David Healy, Molecules of Emotion by Dr Candace Pert, Nutrient Power by Dr William Walsh, Prozac Panacea Pandor by Dr Ann Blake Tracy. Anyone who knows nothing about mental health should read up on the facts and go to visit the patients. Many of these patients have been abused. Some have suffered severe trauma – terrible pictures are painted of people diagnosed with serious conditions such as Schizophrenia and there is so much ignorance and this is not helped fueled by the comments of celebrities such as these.
In fact, I have added Jeremy Clarkson and Janet Street-Porter on Twitter. I should really praise them for their outspoken views because is their comments that are drawing attention to mental health which is not a subject anyone likes to talk about. I see their comments in a positive light for this reason as any mention about mental health is good and brings about debate as in this case. There are of course many who would be deeply offended by their comments however I hope they continue with their onslaught, as there will be more and more publicity as well as the fact their comments can actually educate others. If these comments make other people curious enough to know more then that is a good thing as I have met the most wonderful people who happen to be mentally ill and it is lack of knowledge that leads to ignorance.
The plight of people like my daughter drugged up to her neck on chemicals with multiple diagnoses who once had a job, was learning to drive and doing all the normal things and then she had a breakdown is very sad. She is only in her mid-twenties and is miles away from home and family. The first cure was drug after drug and none have worked. There are no alternative care centres in the UK and groups like Chy Sawel and Soteria want to set up more humane care for mental health patients and then there are the wonderful centres in the States such as Earth House – this is what we need over here so that patients can be reduced off the drugs slowly and gradually even if they are kept on a minimal of drugs so that they can at least function and do things.
I wonder what Jeremy Clarkson and Janet Street-Porter think of the drugging of children and the elderly which has also affected my family.
It would be good if they can turn their attention to speaking out against the shocking care on offer in a positive way and to help get projects like Chy Sawel and Soteria off the ground because I stand to lose my daughter on the high level of drugs they are giving.