Capitalism & Mental Illness: Reflections on the Human Costs of Profit
John Laurits

To further your case I would like to point out how our response to mental illnesses is also capitalistic in nature. Most countries now respond to any such concerns with the need to add services that require more capital and are intrinsically meant to be consumed. Introspection, care, love, empathy, compassion, and all things that can truly help one ‘recover’ are never really stressed upon in policies because they cannot be measured and hence cannot be capitalised.

Almost everyone in the mental health field talks about the ‘treatment gap’ which focuses on the per capita consumption of psychiatric services in correlation to the per capita prevalence of mental health issues. But no one wants to listen to the narratives of those living with mental illnesses. We live in a world where lived experiences do not amount to much that can be sold for consumption, unless it is packageable like the blogs of numerous neurotypical cis-het able-bodied narratives of personal consumption. Where corporations think they can help by creating apps, AI and monitoring our online behaviour to look for triggers. But no one wants to talk about dismantling capitalism. Our anger is not sexy and hence cannot be packaged.

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