UN Human Rights have written twice to Australia about the over prescribing of psycotropic medication – anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, valium etc – for mood management.
Why is this a problem?
Because as long as we are too medicated to access our emotions, and systemically/ physically unable to access specialist support, Australians can not deal with the source of our mental health and cognitive function issues.
They remain ongoing and worsen, causing needless anxiety, relationship issues, job losses, chronic mental health issues, and homelessness.
It doesn’t matter if something unexpected happened, like a car accident, rape, bashing, divorce, employment loss, or simply needing to clarify a weird ongoing feeling.
I wrote this paragraph below 👇 a while ago, along with a poll that only two people answered. Not very motivating to put myself into a state of dread and anxiety for a few days wile I write and edit this post.
” I have, again, been watching public hearings into the Disability Royal Commission in Australia (Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability). I have discovered some very interesting things about accessing appropriate support, including… well, you’ll have to wait for my blog post.”
Here is the answer: We can not access specialist support unless we have thousands of disposable dollars and understanding and secure employment.
Having to beg your GP for additional psychology and psychiatrist appointments is weird and humiliating. Currently you can only access 10 appointmenrs before needing a new referral, even though 40 is the recommended sessions by… god knows, it’s in the article below. The Australian Medical Association perhaps.
Annika Blau, Joshua Byrd and Georgina Piper have written a great article including written examples from the public and graphs, which shows how inaccessible mental health support is, if you don’t happen to be quite rich.
Please read it. If graphs aren’t for you, scroll down to read the sections and personal examples further down in the article.
Far from care
How your postcode can influence whether you need help — and if you’ll get it.