Elvis Presley had the right idea when he sang: ‘A little less conversation, a little more action please.’
I doubt he had World Mental Health Day in mind when he penned the lyric but nevertheless it’s very appropriate.
I’m in huge support of anything that raises awareness of mental health problems and it’s great that days like this get people talking and sharing experiences.
But do these conversations ever get us anywhere? Do we make a difference on days like today? Do services improve so that people get better treatment? Do waiting lists shrink in length? Are we healing the many sufferers of these cruel, relentless conditions?
It’s true we have to speak out before anything will change, but with mental health problems on a steep upward trajectory we need to see improvements in care now more than ever.
It breaks my heart that people are left to decline on long waiting lists and some haven’t heard from their care providers in months.
You wouldn’t leave someone on the ground with a broken leg, but too many with mental health issues feel abandoned for too long.
It’s just not right
So whilst I love seeing solidarity at times like this, what would be even more incredible is if we could see some change. I pray we can use our collective experiences this year to boost services more than ever before.
We’ve got to keep going!