Mental health

Barriers to mental health care for mental health professionals

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Check out this post I’ve written on Psyche about the challenges accessing mental health services as a mental health professional myself.  It’s been chosen as a staff pick by Vocal Media, which I’m über-excited about.


30 thoughts on “Barriers to mental health care for mental health professionals”

  1. It’s a tough spot to be in, especially the threat to registration. They’re not quite so heavy handed in Australia as far as registration but there is still a tendency for Boards to shoot first and ask questions later which is a big deterrent to seeking help for mental health problems. Having colleagues whom you have to work with later see you when you are vulnerable and not behaving at your best is pretty stressful even when it’s something like having surgery, even though in that setting it’s not as if your appearance of professional competence is at stake. It’s so much worse when mental health problems are involved. I admire you for being able to do it.

  2. Congratulations! 🎉😘 This post was beautiful. I agree so much that it would be uncomfortable to get treated by your workers as you work in the same sector. I hope that everyone working in the mental health section will get the treatment they need. So brave of you for sharing your story ❤️

    1. You all are over worked and badly this affects your ability I have suffered with mental health. I ended up in intensive care 6 times induce coma twice. Over suicide attempts. But the crisses team not only failed to help me they covered each other’s mistakes about my life I walked into a hospital and begged for help they seen no signs of danger. So When they put me out i called the police on them. The police they lied to the policemen. But the police detained me under the mental health act. Any way I overdosed I drove my van into a lamppost at night time doing 70 mph. I wore no set belt . And burst my airbag deliberately broken six ribs: eternal damage alsorts I was in peaces to be honest. Six weeks before that. I broke a bone in my neck due to overdose. Only four ago I got out of mental health hospital psychiatrist Made me appointments in the community but they gave me a 45 minute phone call and then rang me back and told me I’m ok I don’t was waiting for an appointment sorry but they while I am was waiting for my appointment they said what appointment you’ve been discharged. Can you believe it no I have to wait until the 22nd Of this month for a appointment so if I get any suicedal thoughts I have to put them on hold. Please I don’t know what part of the world you are in but please can you talk to me or help me. I’m scared of those thoughts I have non now but they come and go sorry for such a long comment

  3. Support and funds for support are not always easy to achieve. If your interested in fund raising through purchasing a book written by and for mental health sufferers and at the same time raising funds see my blog for details.

    We have to support each other and be open and transparent in understanding each other. Nice post.

  4. I think it’s important for all of us to continue to contribute to changing the culture around mental health so that neither patients nor those who work with patients are stigmatised or unfairly treated. There’s a long way to go, but openness about our troubles and normalising them is an important step. The fact that professionals might fear licensing boards, registration bodies and staff says a lot about institutions and the kind of hell our patients have to put up with even before they have their own mental health needs addressed. Thank you for speaking up about it.

  5. Great article and one that is coming up more as trauma-informed care awareness and practice grows. This is especially pertinent in rural and remote areas where there are few providers but often high and complex needs within the community. Care for the caregivers.

  6. Love this – would love to know what you thought about my alternative lens on mental health – through the eyes of a daughter of a complex mum with a mix of hilarious and heartbreaking mental health issues. My blog is soniasmum

  7. Thank you for sharing. I’m a social worker & find that there is a lack of empathy nor support for us in the field. They preach to us about self-care in grad school but don’t really care about burn out nor processing OUR feelings & mental health. Our feelings matter do, in fact it is necessary in order for us to be better healers. Thank you for sharing! Very important topic

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