My desire to be Heard as Mental Health Continues to be Ignored

It is easy for some to ignore another`s pain. It is easier to pretend that another human is doing well when they are in mental pain. People do not see what they choose not to perceive. It suits some people to purposely concentrate on anything other than another person`s mental pain and ignore them. We can see the sad situation where a person needs help and help is refused, then we are talking about neglect.

A human being, because of the fact that they are human and are precious, should never be neglected or refused assistance if it is possible to offer the person help. There are some relationships where it can even be dangerous to give a person and these cases can be excused because it is important to look after yourself too. Possibly the person can be guided and directed to someone who can give the information and the support that is needed.


In Ireland our mental health services have been neglected for many years. Not just by the current government but by successive governments. I have visited people with mental health issues in Ireland where the hospital is more like a prison. Doors were locked, staff jangle keys repeatedly, a female ward in one hospital had one ward for women and one ward for men. Thirty women slept in one room and thirty men slept in another room in very cramped conditions. Rundown hospital environments with rundown unmotivated staff.

During this election I decided to take a stand. The national television broadcaster (RTE) asked me to come on a political show. I said to the audience organizer I wanted to ask the ministers that if they were reelected how would they improve the mental health system. On the day I was to attend the show I was canceled. There was no mention on the political show about mental health that night.

I decided I had to do something. I did not want to be silenced as easily as that. So I went on Twitter and told my followers what happened and that I felt the national broadcaster was censoring information. I asked my followers to re-tweet the message. For almost an hour I could see on my computer screen a record of rows of people re-tweeting my message continuously. My message was received by over seventy more people that had no connection with me on Twitter. People cared. In fact people who did not even know me were very annoyed judging by the text on their tweets.

I was happy that people did care about the neglect that governments give the mental health system. They probably have people they love too staying in substandard conditions in psychiatric hospitals.  It is not the doctors or nurses fault it is the fact that very little government funding is put into the mental health system. Under the current government five hundred people have committed suicide. Many of them young men in the late teens early thirties. They simply did not get the help that they needed.

But I do believe I made a difference to the situation by asking people to spread the word that the mental health system is not an election issue. Suddenly RTE has made mental health an issue to be discussed, it has rarely been discussed by RTE in the past five years. They have done so at election time so it is a huge turnaround and it is sudden. I believe that just one person can make a big difference in the world. Maybe I did help, maybe I did not but at least I did something about it.


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Gabriel Woods

I am the author of The Golden Age Trilogy science fiction booksI have traveled to many countries around the world including India, Australia, Scotland, England, Ireland, America, Amsterdam, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Spain. I have worked in mental health and disability for most of my life. I have an honours Degree in Psychology, a Masters in Aid-work Management, a Certificate in Counseling Skills and I am a certified coach. I have written my first novel, The Golden Age Dawns which will be published in Amazon at the end of April. I have a Kindle book available in Amazon Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom which is very popular and has achieve high ratings. I have always aimed to help and support people all my working life. Much of my learning from this is in my book, some of the ideas I share on this blogging site along with beautiful places I write about that I have traveled to. I am concerned about world politics at the moment and hope that my new book will go toward making the world a better place and helping individuals feel better about themselves. I am living in Ireland near Dublin. Apart from writing my book I have been working as a volunteer on a helpline for people with depression, bipolar and depression. What I love most is traveling and sunny countries. I love to visit important spiritual, religious, or historic places when I am in holiday but I also like holidays on the beach. I have a wide variety of music that I like from pop music to dance music and rock music. My hobbies are social commentary, politics, reading all kinds of books, the gym, gardening, D.I.Y. I love to socialize and meet new people. I like to learn new things. I am the author of: Easter Rising 1916, A Family Answers The Call For Ireland`s Freedom My Novel The Golden Age Dawns. Gabriel Woods achieved a degree in psychology in University College Dublin, Ireland. He then studied a postgraduate course in UCD which focused on the management of humanitarian aid work. He learned about African culture and the issues aid workers face in Africa. Gabriel Woods has travelled around the world. He has lived in Sydney and Brisbane in Australia. He explored important religious and cultural Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim sites of India. He learned about the spiritual practices of the people that live and worship there. Gabriel Woods also spent time exploring important aboriginal sites in Australia and the lessons aboriginals have for humanity. Gabriel Woods has lived in Dublin, London and Edinburgh. He has travelled widely throughout mainland Europe including Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Netherlands and Germany with a focus on areas of cultural importance. These sites throughout the world that Gabriel has visited have had a profound effect on him which he expresses as he writes about these areas in his novel. Gabriel has returned to Ireland. He worked voluntarily for Aware helpline that supports people experiencing depression and anxiety. He is now a fully qualified life coach. He lives in a village near the banks of The Royal Canal.

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2 thoughts on “My desire to be Heard as Mental Health Continues to be Ignored”

  1. Hello, I am new to your blog but wanted to chime in.

    I’m from the US and have worked in the mental health field for the last ten years. It really is sad the lack of funding that organizations receive. It makes it very difficult to recruit committed, consistent help. And consistency is exactly what those who suffer need.

    Best of life to you.


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    1. It is sad you know. Particularly since it is well known what helps most people improve their mental health. In Ireland there is no political will, with any government to improve this situation. I do what I can to help change the attitude toward mental health and you know I have had my moments of success. Don`t lose hope, if enough people protest about the treatment of people with mental health issues the situation has to change. Enjoy your weekend!

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