Today is World Mental Health Day, marked by a special announcement from the UK government’s Department of Health…
You can see that the DH announcement contains no specific details at all relating to outcomes. It’s all noise about the quantity of input, and all quiet on the quality of the results.
If the UK were achieving great results in any area of mental health, you can be certain that the DH would make a noise about it. So the only conclusion that can be drawn is that we are not achieving great results in any area of mental health. And that conclusion, combined with the massive resources being provided, implies that the resources are mostly being wasted.
Really, if things are that bad, they should just keep quiet.
So what about other organizations’ responses to World Mental Health Day? The BABCP has nothing on its web site, the UKCP has nothing on its web site, the BACP has nothing on its web site… Looks like they have the sense to keep quiet, then.
What’s really happening?
To understand what’s really happening (but happening not nearly enough), we need another of today’s special announcements, from fangirl Jenn, writing as xinsui (心碎, “heartbreak”) about how CBT has helped her to feel that life is good, finally:
I completely believe that my worst enemy is myself, because I’m the only one who is holding myself back, you know? It’s not so easy to let go and change practically everything that makes me who I am, but that’s exactly what I have to do to be happy!
I was determined to have a good summer this year and was determined to figure my life out. Or, you know, try to. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that actually, and right now, I’m a lot happier and satisfied with life in general compared to the this time last year …. Now, my life isn’t as exciting, but I’m more content. And I’m totally okay with that.