The Scarred Mind

Gary Neal
The Silent Politician
4 min readJan 16, 2024

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The illness you cannot see

A graphic stating Mental Health Matters
Photo by Marcel Strauß on Unsplash

People and politicians worry about the health of the nation, we hope they do. They are keen to advise us on keeping physically healthy, but not so much on mental health. Physical ailments like heart disease and diabetes are relatively easy to treat and there is good provision for them. The treatment of mental health is somewhat more amorphous, and discussion around it is vague. Very little is discussed about mental health, depression, OCD, panic attacks, yet people suffering them are no less needing of support.

According to the charity Mind, One in four people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England. One in six people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England. On average, people with mental health problems die 15 to 20 years earlier than those without.

The UK’s mental health provision is falling apart, and you cannot simply say to people “pull yourself together.”

In adults, the most common mental disorders are depression and anxiety. What is even more worrying is the number of adolescents and children suffering from some sort of mental disorder.

Everybody feels down at particular times in their life. It’s when that “down” has no bounce back that it can quickly develop into depression…

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Gary Neal
The Silent Politician

Retired taxi driver, creative writer, experimental poet, computer enthusiast, web design and learning to program