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Re: Article about Kearnan Myall
Posted by: wombles222
Date: 20/08/2019 14:06
It is a brave thing to admit to a therapist let alone the general public that he was as unwell, especially as he came to the point that he may well of jumped if not for intervention. As a health care professional in general practice I see many people from all walks of life that present with mental health illness. Yes as Petergwilson states financial implications can be a causative factor, however to put it to one item such as fiscal considerations is but to scratch the surface of the psychology behind this illness. To get a true understanding you must take into account family histroy, childhood experiences, previous trauma, current relationships, work related issues, personal factors, social media, drug and alcohol use, socioeconomic factors, cultural understandings...and that is just the start.
Ours is a society that assumes that if you are well off, do a desirable job and receive rewards and have a nice home and drive a nice car that happiness and success must surely follow. It is a common measure that people use in the UK, I can say now for a fact that is folly., it is not the case at all. what you are seeing is the persons "public face", what they choose to put forward, what they use as a defence (and there are many reasons behind this as well). If you see their "private face", see their own personal psychology, their own traumas, their previous history, if you understand what they perceive, process and feel and their own individiual strengths and weaknesses you start to understand the whole, and in that appreciate things might not be as positive as you imagine it would be. Unfortunately our society has not moved much forward in acceptance of people with mental health illness and they still get pushed to the peripheries of society and their illness downplayed by strangers or worse friends and family. We do not do this with physical illness such as cancer, we give people sympathy when they see a case for a broken bone (visible proof), we do not for the more invisible and equally health damaging conditions such as this.
Kearnan will not feel what I am about to say, but his bravery in publically announcing what he went through is a strong action from a strong person. He will feel exactly the opposite but that is not the case. He should be applauded for doing this, not only might encourage others to come forward for help, it might allow others to see mental health illness as something normal to be treated rather than abnormal to be ashamed of.

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