Believe it or not I have had a few things to blog about but then I just...forget. I'm good at that. Though there was one I half wrote but it was a particularly depressing one when I was particularly depressed and yeah, I don't want to release that, so I didn't.
So, what have I got to say? Well, a few bits, actually. Firstly, I've been thinking more and more about mental health recently. But not so much about how I am doing but rather how the world is doing. There's been a lot of conversations recently in the media (although for the wrong reasons) about men's mental health and how it's been a serious issue for a while and it really is. I won't pretend to know the answer but I think I know a piece of the answer. It's a crisis that doesn't have a single solution.
The answer always seems to be "Oh we'll devote more money to mental health stuff" and then that never seems to happen, but I am not sure if it would help even if it did. We live in a world where our jobs mentally drain us, where we don't get paid enough for what we need and to enjoy life, and companies expect you to do the work of three people all the time, and then they wonder why people burn out. And god forbid you're in my situation and you're out of work, and the sheer amount of pressure that is put on you to put yourself in that situation no matter the mental or financial price you must pay to do it. It's a problem that's got worse too, both the significantly increased pressure (mostly caused by staffing deficiencies) and the significant decrease in pay.
When you couple that with a world that seems insistent on making you feel like you're not enough, just so they can sell you products that are supposed to make you feel better, social media which is either intentionally or accidentally geared towards the same feelings, food and drink that is basically poisonous and is proven to have devastating long term physical and mental health issues, and the general feeling of hopelessness in society...is there any wonder there's a crisis? And a crisis that, regardless of the recent talk of men's mental help, is hitting everyone equally. It's only more noticeable with men right now because that crisis was bubbling for a long time before now.
So what do I think is the solution? I don't know. But I do know that I think the mental health help available needs to be more varied. A lot of approaches seem to focus on a single issue, but there's rarely a single issue. Nutrition, Fitness, Stress Management and Mental Health Support are all things that should be bundled together, because in a lot of cases, those issues are all connected in some way.