When you face addiction head on, you may get support from those you love and that love you back. However, addiction is a monster that even those facing it, don’t truly understand. Your cravings come and go. Anytime and anywhere, you can be faced with such a mountain of urges and feelings that it is hard to know which path will lead you back into the “light” so to say.
When discussing addiction, mental health is synonymous with facing it. I work in the healthcare industry, however, I have little faith in healthcare altogether. People who suffer from severe mental health crisis, very rarely get the opportunity to receive the help they so desperately need. It’s a battle between “should we force people to get help” or should we “educate those that need help to seek it out”. Part of me for a long time thought, “if it’s obvious that someone is a danger to themselves and in an altered mental state, we should force them to get treatment by whatever means necessary”. That brings on a complicated issue. Who determines the “obvious”. Are parents allowed to lock up their children thinking they are “helping”? Are spouses able to force their significant others into mandatory rehab? How is it determined that human rights are not being violated?
Therein lies the problem. Those with mental health issues, have to seek help out themselves. Yes, they can be coerced by loved ones and qualified medical personnel, but ultimately they have to make the choice to seek assistance. This is problematic for me because when someone is in an “altered” state of mind, they are lost. A persons thoughts become their own worst enemy. While searching for an answer or a way out, it starts to become more and more clear… your way out is to end your malicious thoughts once and for all.
I want to make one thing clear. I AM NOT SUICIDAL. I am talking about people who suffer from mental health issues in general. Suicide is much bigger in our society than we all think. The sad part is, people who aren’t affected directly by it don’t really pay much attention to this issue.
Last week I lost a cousin who was troubled to suicide. I don’t blame anyone in particular, just the system as a whole. This person was clearly troubled and even ended up getting in trouble with the law. From what I know, rather than being given treatment and a rigorous course of mental therapy, they were dragged through the legal system for almost a year and treated as a criminal first, mental health crisis second. Well after this person appeared in court multiple times and still did not really get an answer or ending to their criminal charges, they ended up taking their life.
This is such a tragic end to someone I have quite fond memories with growing up together. My only wish is that they are no longer suffering the harmful thoughts they had while still on this earth.
The mental health crisis needs reevaluating. I am unsure of what steps need to be taken, but I am positive that there are certain steps that need to be taken today. If you see someone struggling, reach out. If they push you away, push back. Give those you love an extra strong hug today. Tomorrow is never promised. I love you all. Thank you.