To those doctors,
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To those doctors,
you know who you are, right? The ones that turn people away when they can't even leave the house. The ones that can look someone in the eye and tell them that they are fine, just after they attempted suicide. The ones that make people feel so damn uncomfortable, in a place that they are supposed to feel safe in. You, were the ones that were supposed to help us.
How much do you know about mental health? I'm assuming you've read the books, done the training and all of that. But how much do you know? Do you know how much courage it takes to bring yourself to an appointment and open up the darkest parts of yourself to a stranger? Do the books explain that? Do you know how it feels to live with a condition that is frowned upon in society, to finally put your trust into someone, and then be refused help? Does the training teach you how that feels?
See, you are most of the time our only chance of survival. You work each day to keep people well. And yet, so many people will not face the first step in their recovery. Coming to you.
Mental illness is a battle just as significant as any battle with physical illness. I was turned away at 12 years old, with such crippling anxiety I couldn't go to school. My friend attempted suicide, and her doctor told her she was fine and did not require help. My best friend is scared to go back to the doctors, scared to be made uncomfortable and to justify how she feels again.
"This disease comes with a package: shame. When any other part of your body gets sick, you get sympathy.” - Ruby Wax.
Awareness is increasing. There are more talks, there are more charities, there are more people that are beginning to understand. Prince's William and Harry are acknowledging that mental health needs help, isn't it about time that every GP understands that aswell? That they understand that every person that comes to them with their mental health issue has had to face a huge challenge.
If someone can face that amount of dread and nerves, can you begin to imagine how much their illness impacts their lives?
Its time that GP's took notice that seeing them is the first crucial step in someone's recovery, and should not be the step that makes them give up entirely. Please sign and let's come together to ask that GP's treat mental illness correctly and equally.
"Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways."
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