Mental illness awareness week...or is it?!
You know your place in society when it’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek and people pretend to care but no one actually recognizes the struggle you go through and commends you for it vs any recognizable “career” appreciation day.
Where I live in Canada, our PM Justin Trudeau made an announcement about mental health at the beginning of the week making it look like he cares. Yet mental health treatment is not covered under our universal healthcare. Seeing a psychiatrist is but it often takes months to years to get a referral to see one. We don’t have a universal drug coverage plan so if you’re not working and you require mental illness prescriptions you’re left to pay for it yourself.
Psychologists charge anywhere from $150-$250+ an hour which is grossly out of reach for most people.
People who are on disability who can’t work are living far below the poverty levels despite the PM promising a new disability credit which when there was no mention of during his first budget plan in years.
I don’t understand how politicians can come out during these “awareness” weeks pretending they care when they’ve done absolutely nothing to help us!
But when it’s a national insert any particular “career” day they bend over backwards with praise for these people. Meanwhile those of us battling mental illness are often shunned and ridiculed and looked down upon still in 2021!
I’m tired of being treated like a second class citizen because I can’t work and have chronic pain and illnesses of my brain.
Are our lives less important? #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #mentalillness #MentalHealthAwareness