Thanks so much for your comment Erin. I think your analogy is sadly perfect, and says exactly how it is. I’ve chosen not to be bitter about it; because the system fails us, on the level on policy and procedure, but also on a more human level of understanding and empathy. I think there’s more stigma towards us amongst professionals than even the general population sometimes. Worst still is that the stigma can cause damage.

Hopefully, in the future it will be different, because the new leaders will be the one’s who’ve have a lived experience of mental health, been inside a broken system, and more willing to change it.

Very glad you liked the article. It’s always makes me happy to know my writing is helping others.

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