Health safety net fails
Brisbane Princess Alexander Hospital is a very busy hospital
Health safety net required
Problems when we need help
Dear readers, there are times in our lives, when we all need some outside help to overcome those difficulties that we happen to be in; (I am saying this because I have been through myself a few times already, and also I can see that this is happening again to me and my family presently) Anyhow, this outside help that we are talking about here should and does exist and it should be readily available to those people that need this help, but sometimes the rules to get this help are too strict and for this reason it may fail to achieve what is meant to achieve, so this help fails to take place for a few different reasons. Now that we have stated the main reason why we are writing this article, let us look at the set up and the reason why this happens.
You see in most democratic countries like Australia here this help would be provided from the government of the day, of course there are also organizations that could provide this help, but here we would like to talk about what the government of the day should provide for its own citizen; whether this help could be had free or you have to contribute to use it could be different from country to country and from state to state, but any good government should have this health safety net in place to help those that need this help at anytime, therefore, it should be readily available on demand to anyone that needs such help urgently; but sometimes this help may fail to arrive or it is hard to access, for many reasons.
Therefore strange as it may seem this help that is supposed to be there sometimes fails to do what is it supposed to do or provide, which could be just about anything, but in our case we would be talking about medical emergency help; this failure to provide such medical help it may have some real consequence for the people that need this help. Now, if this help is for physical reasons, it would be very obvious to the people around when a person is injured or sick and he needs medical help, therefore this help would and should be easy to obtain, because it is obvious and people can see it easily, and if there is no help that person may even die and if that happens it is terrible tragedy, so in this case it is easy to see why he needs help and for that reason help can be provided soon enough; but what about if the person needing help does not even know that he needs help, so even if family and friends ask him to look for help he does not admit it and keeps going on making himself/herself sick, like when a person has mental health problems, you see this is when most times this helps fails to take place, and this is what we would like to point out here, but let us see where people can have this help:
Hospitals are the main amenities that look sort of health issues
Hospitals solve these health problems
Hospitals solve these health problems
Here we have to point out that hospitals have been built to solve these health problems that we are talking about. You see, when we are sick it is obvious that we should see a doctor, if you haven’t got one already, then the best place to look for help is your local hospital, because hospitals are able to solve all those health problems, because there are all sorts of doctors and specialists to help you; so the hospitals are the main safeguard when we require medical attention, but even though they are there to help, sometimes it is not easy to get admitted and that becomes a problem that is hard to solve and in a way that fail to do what they are supposed to do.
Having said that and also that the hospitals treat all sorts of illness, let us leave behind these cases that require medical attention for physical reasons as they are obvious to the on lookers that a person needs help, for this reason he can receive medical help soon and therefore his problem would hopefully be solved, but what about those cases where it is not so easy to see the need for medical help, because that person looks fit enough to the on lookers, therefore no one thinks that just by looking at that person one can spot that he has a medical need and need to be seen from a doctor, if that is the case that person has got to become really sick before he receives any help at all.
Having said that now let us talk a bit about mental health problems, where to spot the need for help is very hard to see, but the need for the patient to see the right doctors and be helped is just as great, most times these cases are very sad cases and people around the sick person may even see that it is funny the way that that person acts, so, instead of finding a way to help that person they may laugh thinking that that person is trying to be funny, when that person may not be able to think straight and half the time he does not know what he is doing, this person needs as much attention as the other sick people, because he might not even know that he needs to be seen from a mental doctor.
Or perhaps it is the stigma that we continue to attach to mental health people that prevents the on lookers and even the sick person to try to see a mental doctor, whatever is the case the fact remains that that sick person needs to see a doctor, and it would be good if all parties involved accept that easily, because this would be one of the problems when we need mental help and we don’t ask for it directly and the health safety net fails. We need to believe that we all need help sometimes and we will have to ask for help when necessary.
When we need help we should find the right people to help us
We all need some help
As we have said above we all need help sometimes. I know that what I have started writing about in this hub is a sad and boring article that not many people would enjoy reading it, but nevertheless it is an article that states the facts of life that some of us go through during our lives, it is also the way that I see these things happening many times over and over again. Anyhow, what I am writing here has been on my mind for a while, but I never wanted to write about it, because I feel that not many people would like to read about it. But things happen in life that make us change our point of view, so I have decided to write it anyhow; so, this article about mental health is being written here because things have happened in my family and my close friends, therefore we need this help. So I am writing this article not only to write what is happening, because I am also writing it to find out the opinion of other people if possible, so that I may have an answer to these health problems and know what to do.
But that is not all, because at the same time I have reached that stage where I don’t know what else to say or do, as this health problem seems to be always on my mind, as it needs to be solved; you see, I am trying to think of something nice to say to you, or something that is useful, since whatever people do and that includes even reading, they usually do that to learn something useful or interesting; but I cannot think of anything useful or interesting, because there are health problems in my family, and they prevent me to even think of better things to say or do, so I am writing this article in the hope that when I have written it, I would be free to think something else and I might even receive some help from my readers, if they comment on my article.
As we have said, in our lives sometimes it happens that we need help and we may have to accept this help from wherever and whoever it comes from. When we are sick we need help, so, we are happy to go to see the doctor if necessary, but that is not always the case for people that have a mental health problem, because they may not even know that they have this mental problem, or they are ashamed to acknowledge that they have it, but that is not the only problem that we have here, because the biggest problem is to gain access to a mental clinic and specialist. Now this is another reason why the health safety net may fail to help, the mentally sick people, as I have noticed in my own case. You see, I can see that the mentally sick people are living their lives beyond their control. So whatever they do may not be what the normal people would do, but the mentally sick people may not even know that what they are doing may upset other people and they are not aware of what they should do to act normal, so this is a problem beyond their control, so let us see what some of those people could do, where we are trying to talk about some life events beyond our control.
Some people behaviour is so strange that requires mental help
Life events beyond our control
In my life time I have been involved with a few cases of mental illness from my family members and also some close friends, these life events most times are beyond our normal control, so I am going to write here how I have seen these cases and what I have learned from them; in order to do that I have chosen two cases which I know very well what has happened, in order to write them I believe that I may have to write two more hubs in hub pages, because I would like to keep these two cases separate, otherwise it would be very hard to understand the situation of each case.
Anyhow, it would be safe to say that every time that there is some serious mental illness in the family, or even in a close friend family there is chaos around the place and it cannot be avoided; you see people that have a mental illness are hard to control, because of the simple fact that they might not even know that they are sick, they keep doing strange things and most times they isolate themselves, they start isolating themselves because they start to notice that the people around them are suspicions about what they are doing; if anybody says anything to them about that, they will try not to answer that question, or answer it in a snappy way without thinking what they are saying; there are times when they could easily become aggressive towards the people that talks to them, so the people around them will notice that soon or later; so, they will try to tell them to see a doctor and find out what is wrong with them, but whether they go to see a doctor is another matter. Sometimes they go to see the doctor, but when they are there they will talk to the doctor about small thing that might worry them and they will try to avoid anything that might suggest their mental condition, by doing that they believe that they have been seen from a doctor and they are okay, so any help that might have been available to them cannot be used, because they are denying the state of mind they are in, for this reason help may fail them.
But that is not all, because the hardest thing to do for the people around the ill person is that they cannot enforce anything at all, it is very hard to see when a loved one is sick and you cannot help them, because the ill person cannot accept that he/she is sick and should look for help.
There are a lot of questions that one could ask here, but the most important one is how could one force the sick person to see the right doctor and also admit that he/she might be sick and agrees to see the doctor and accept treatment; you see today even if you are mentally sick you could easily live free in the community; because even if the doctor know that you are sick, the doctor may only force treatment to those people that are so sick and they don’t know what is happening around them, so they are at risk of injuring themselves or some people around them.
That is why help for the mentally sick people sometimes fails to take place, and presently it is failing us again; I will write a few things in more details when I write more hubs about mental help, because I believe that I have said enough in this hub, so, see you soon.