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to think that there should be as much concern for people with m/illness

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CamboricumMinor Sat 05-Mar-16 18:19:22

as there is for people who are transgender/gay/lesbian/whatever?

It seems to me that the bandwagon of support for the LBGT community is a popular one to jump on at the moment whereas people with mental illness are still seen as a taboo subject.

dons flameproof suit

CamboricumMinor Sat 05-Mar-16 18:20:08

and yes, I am writing this as a person who has a DH with mental illness but struggles to get much support at all.

FigMango1 Sat 05-Mar-16 18:21:44

What is the relation between the two confused
Do you think mh and lgtb are illnesses and one is given more attention over the other??

CamboricumMinor Sat 05-Mar-16 18:23:22

Both are issues which are deserving of attention but people with mental illness seem to be ignored whereas a popular cause seems to be LBGT issues at the moment; I see it all over FB at the moment for example (and other places online) but it's still ok to ignore mental heath issues.

MrsNoraCharles Sat 05-Mar-16 18:28:25

The lack of support and investment in decent healthcare for mental distress and illness is appalling. I know that living with, or caring for someone with mental health problems can be soul-destroying, so flowers for you.

I still can't understand your comparison with LGBT issues though.

Busybuzzybumblebee Sat 05-Mar-16 18:31:45

I think there is a lot of awareness for mental illness. However it shouldn't be a competition between the two, lgbt awareness is as equally important.

Do you do anything to raise awareness for mental illness other than to start a thread about it?

StealthPolarBear Sat 05-Mar-16 18:32:41

Well young people who are lgbt are more likely to suffer from mental illness so I see the two should be considered together

yorkshapudding Sat 05-Mar-16 18:34:46

One of the arguments for increasing support for LGBT causes is a growing awareness that there is a much higher than average incidence of mental health issues within the LGBT population.

CamboricumMinor Sat 05-Mar-16 18:35:21

Busybuzzy apart from supporting my DH, no.

sugar21 Sat 05-Mar-16 18:35:47

I am currently getting help with my MH issues with counselling ad's and weekly GP appointments. Nothing to do with LGBT and everything to do with my dd died

StealthPolarBear Sat 05-Mar-16 18:49:24

Point taken sugar, and lots of love x

Katenka Sat 05-Mar-16 19:20:03

This is a discussion that is happening at dds school.

There are now 6 'safe LGBT zones' at school. All manned at breaks and lunch by staff from the LGBT community. So kids that are struggling with these issues have somewhere to go to talk about their issues. That's great.

However there is no provision at all for kids suffering with MH issues to have a safe place to talk. Nor is there a safe zone for someone to talk about being sexually assaulted or abused.

The school are saying they can't provide it all, but it seems very heavily weighted towards LGBT, rather than spreading the resources.

StealthPolarBear Sat 05-Mar-16 19:21:21

Bloody hell that must be a big school!

TealLove Sat 05-Mar-16 19:23:40

I agree op

Littleallovertheshop Sat 05-Mar-16 19:24:39

Right, what?

Katenka Sat 05-Mar-16 19:24:50

2600 pupils stealth

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Sat 05-Mar-16 19:26:58

That school sounds great!

Katenka Sat 05-Mar-16 19:31:29

mum it is a great school, in general. However dds friend was sexually assaulted by an older pupil. It came out after she had a melt down.

I think the provision needs to be shared.

StealthPolarBear Sat 05-Mar-16 19:34:18

Yes agree

CamboricumMinor Sat 05-Mar-16 20:25:13

Katenka, it's great that the school have LGBT provision but I agree that it needs to be shared so pupils with m/h issues have support; sadly I think it's all too common in schools with the pressure on high school children these days sad

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Sat 05-Mar-16 21:35:13

As someone who's suffered with anxiety and depression for most of my life AND is gay, I don't know why you picked these particular issues to compare. It's like threads comparing mental health to cancer. It just doesn't make sense.

stumblymonkey Sat 05-Mar-16 21:47:43

I have bipolar disorder and am quite heavily involved in this sort of topic....

I guess I feel very strongly that if we want things to change we, those that suffer and those that support people who suffer, have to speak up.

Are there opportunities for you and your DH (when he feels up to it) to speak up about MH issues?

I helped organise an event at work on Thurs where we had a panel of five people (I was one) talk about their MH experiences to a group of 50-60 colleagues.

I'm also involved in a new campaign that we are organising in the City to get 60 companies together (big banks, investment houses, insurers, consultants, lawyers) to do a big campaign this year to encourage people to speak out about MH issues in the workplace.

There's no competition with LGBT however, in a way their 'journey' has paved the path for us to also be accepted for who we are. There are a lot of similarities to be drawn between 'coming out' as LGBT and 'coming out' as having a mental illness.

stumblymonkey Sat 05-Mar-16 21:50:13

In fact the panel on Thurs was a joint one about MH and LGBT as people who are LGBT are 1.5 times more likely to have MH issues (presumably due to the pressure of at points having to hide who they really are or dealing with stigma).

The LGBT panellists all had MH issues and said that they saw a lot of parallels but (personally) had found it much harder to come out as having a mental illness than being gay.

Solobo Sat 05-Mar-16 22:10:10

In all my adult life I have never seen so much hatred towards transgendered people. Transgender people off in the most likely group of people to commit suicide than any of the group.

That said I'm bipolar and the everyday abuse and ignorance towards people of mental health problems is horrific. Why pitch one group of poorly treated people against another.

stumblymonkey Sat 05-Mar-16 22:21:12

Really we should be each other's biggest supporters across groups that face stigma

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