Last month the UK government announced an increase in mental health funding by 1.3 billion. This should be welcomed news, but I have my doubts. The total disregard and intentional underfunding of the NHS means I can’t help but wonder whether this is just another tactic to stop us thinking about Grenfell or DUP rather then a true calling of the Conservative government…but on the positive, London (Feel free to insert your town name here.) needs every extra penny it can get to tackle mental health issues.
You see London (Feel free to insert your town name here.) is a hotbed of insanity. The fast pace, isolation, exhilaration, inequality, anonymity, poverty and riches make it a head fuck prime location. Behind closed doors and touch screens people are falling apart.
If in any doubt, take an early morning stroll along Brixton High Street. You’ll see that full blown, in your face, well recognised “madness”. At the lights you’ll see Rough Looking Guy shouting at the top of his voice in the middle of the road, daring drivers to go on and kill him then. Look to your left and see White Laydee (sic) a women in her fifties, with a white emulsion painted face perfectly colour matched to her white lace ballgown. Hanging out on the corner you’ll see a lady I call “Elsa”, who, regardless of the weather, wears a bikini and so for most of the year must be frozen.
But when I think of the people above, I wonder whether there actions are a result of a clinical mental illness? I don’t know their stories, or diagnosis’ but would there behaviour be classified in the DSM? Or is it just that the pressures of life have been so traumatic that they just snapped and no longer wanted to play the game by the conventional rules? The stresses and strains of living in London; (Feel free to insert your town name here.) with its austerity cuts, institutionalised racism, housing crisis, £7:00 coffees and food banks are immense. With many Londoners struggling to “keep their heads above water”, are we always just one job restructure away from losing it?
So perhaps if the government is really dedicated to improving the mental health of the London and the nation as a whole, it should look to healing a broken society crippled by uncertainty, fear, rising financial difficulties and debt.