I just want to say a few things about the ridiculous RUOK Campaign.
Despite the best of intentions, unless you are prepared for the following answer:
“No, actually, I am not OK. My life has fed me a shit sandwich since the day I was born and it continues to get worse. The only reason I stick around is because I am too determined to not let my piece of shit life defeat me.”
“No, I think about ending my life every single day”.
“No, I need your help.”
Seriously? Don’t ask.
If you are not prepared to pay $100 an hour for a Psychologist, or are not prepared to pay their bills and feed their cat when they are hospitalised…
If you are not prepared to have someone break down in front of you.
If you don’t really know someone very well.
Then back the fuck off.
It’s a nice thought, really, but are you equipped to deal with the answer?
Have you experienced our mental health system lately?
The help isn’t there. Not really. Funding is cut to mental health services. No one gets support when recovering. Not really. We still have to work, pay bills, prioritise our days, parent… we all have to cope.
I agree that suffering in silence is a big, big problem. But sometimes, not talking about it helps you to just get through one more day, without losing your shit entirely.
If you have ever sat in a Psychologist’s office, you will know the power of the question “How are you?”. It’s a big responsibility to ask that question. It is not something that should be done without serious consideration. And training.
I know they mean well. But… this is serious stuff. Reducing Psychology into water cooler conversation is the height of irresponsibility and recklessness.