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Mental illness is not being treated

Published 03/04/2015

Despite the numerous advertisements we see on our televisions urging us to seek help if we're suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health problems, I'm saddened to say that, in reality, the help simply isn't there.

Many GPs still lack real understanding of mental illness and while some therapies can be useful to some they're certainly not a 'one fits all' solution. That is of course if you are lucky enough to be offered a therapy. Waiting lists are so long in many cases they're getting to the patient too late.

Of course you could just go along to your doctor and be handed a script for an antidepressant.

They need to stop advertising help which simply isn't there. We're no further forward with dealing with mental health issues than we were 30 years ago.

Rachel Johnston

Millisle

Belfast Telegraph

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