‘I self harm but don’t go round telling or showing people. I hide it. I have been told before it’s a way of seeking attention. Not for me it isn’t’.


Today our mental health columnist Hazel writes about professionals and are they trained enough in mental health issues.

Do you think medical professionals are trained enough to deal with all mental health situations?

We hear stories of people asking for help and being told they are ‘attention seeking’, when really someone should be listening to them and giving support.

It’s happened to me and many people I know on several occasions.

I was once told by a mental health professional that I wouldn’t dare take all my tablets and overdose. I was in such a bad place that this comment pushed me too far and I overdosed.

Should they not have someone trained to help these people as soon as they ask for help and support. Especially in hospitals. Nurses are trained to deal with illnesses and injuries not all kinds of mental health problems. So is it right that people are judged and told that they are attention seeking?

Self harming is a prime example. I self harm but don’t go round telling or showing people. I hide it. But I have been told before it’s a way of seeking attention. Not for me it isn’t. For me it’s a way of shutting out a worse pain and suicidal thoughts by inflicting pain elsewhere. It’s a coping mechanism.

With the new mental health campaign out saying it’s time to talk: What are you thoughts?

Judge someone or listen and support?

Havering has a number of Mental Health services available. Please find details here https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20073/public_health/565/mental_health_and_wellbeing

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