Diving into the deep end....
Posted: 23 Dec 2017
To write about humanity’s unravelling mental health from my perspective has certainly required me to dive straight into the deep end without constraints. I write this piece not to be acknowledged, validated or applauded nor to be intentionally controversial. Instead I write to expose what I have personally observed as ineffectual but commonly accepted practices which are in place and to express that there are alternative tangible remedies for people to consider as they search for answers amongst the glut of information which is well intentioned but often misguided. In addition I will weave a narrow thread to interlace a small aspect of the education system in the fabric that is the Mental Health Crisis.
Thankfully I do not need to adhere to PC restraints, underlying agendas or approved and sanctioned editing practices. These are my words based on my experiences working in and out of the Acute Adolescent Mental Health Unit, Forensic Mental Health Unit, both Primary & Secondary Education, as well as developing my own therapeutic programmes based on re-emerging metaphysical practices.
I am not a trained qualified health practitioner in the conventional sense, nor do I wish to be one or to try and emulate them as I have come to recognise their evidential limitations. I simply had the good fortune to be invited to work behind the scenes of these institutions from a neutral standpoint to see what may or may not be working. In this field I was able to understand the roles of the clinical team (consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors and mental health nurses) to ascertain their influence and determine what reference they are working from. Thanks to my own Intrinsic Achievement work coupled with this exposure I now feel completely comfortable highlighting and addressing what I have seen and providing alternative solutions to what is on offer. I have noticed that both the education and health systems have toxic elements that reinforce and sustain their institutionalised prominence. It is now time to move past these establishments.
I have never prefaced my writing with a warning before, however due to the delicate nature of this topic combined with my alternative recommendations of recovery and healing I may unintentionally affront people. If this seems an uncomfortable read than you may wish to discontinue, yet if you choose to sit with this information before discounting it there might just be something of relevance embedded within.
What a show it has been over the past 18 months ….
Of concern I have seen many people, particularly youth pulling out the ‘mental health card’ for manipulation purposes; for control, fear, avoidance, opting out and laziness strategies. I have heard teenagers expressing that “now their parents will listen to them and they will get what they want”. I have seen some parents absolve all responsibility to schools or the medical fraternity for behaviour that is alarming but potentially could have be curbed earlier. I have heard doctors say they are often diagnosing behaviour instead of actual conditions. I have seen some people appear to function in society ‘normally’ but are clearly in denial with delusional and distorted behaviours, dis-attached and disassociating bathed in escapism mechanisms rather than actually facing their issues. I have seen others who hold positions of authority and power reeking of ‘problems’ while oblivious to the fact that their façade is cracking. I have seen adults behave like children. I have seen what I call adult babies (many in their 20’s & 30’s) extorting money from their parents with their constant demands. I have seen attention seeking on an addictive and almost manic level. I have seen the usual predators, aggressors and people wo indulge in power plays, sabotage and coercion enjoying all conflict and confrontations they leave in their wake. I have seen health workers who appear extremely unhealthy physically and emotionally, unable to realise the first person they need to work with is themselves. I have seen some teachers who are not the leaders they purport to be in positions of influence, who instead are followers and demonstrate a pack mentality.
Then I have seen the real need and reason for a strong mental health system to cater for what I consider to be the genuine victims, often those suffering from heart reaching sustained sexual, physical, verbal or mental abuse or extreme neglect. While there were others afflicted with drug induced psychosis and dependency. Then there are those who have what I call ‘checked out’ due to the build-up of stress from modern day pressure. I have seen people struggle to find solid ground as their workload pressures intensify and spread havoc through their lives and within their families. I have seen many people desperate to find any healthy traction for actual deep healing so they can move onwards rather than remaining in a holding-pattern. When you are submerged, immersed or saturated in a society which is largely programmed and conditioned to behave in a certain way like ours is, many simply go through the motions and become numb or incoherent, destabilised and unravelling. This is where my real sympathy, compassion and empathy comes out. I understand and get it as I too have walked in shoes that have stood at the brink.
However the current method of medicating mixed with art or music therapy only touches the surface and has minimal lasting success with high relapse rates. I can see why and how this system is overloaded and overwhelmed, but I also saw many who could have started to help themselves if only they knew that alternative options that exist. This would alleviate the demand on what has become finite resourcing due to budgeting constraints and what also appeared to me to be a dependency on pharmaceutical medication dispensed out as a way to hastily sedate and supress emotions from surfacing instead of addressing the actual issues. This is the one area I cannot actively discuss as I have never been prescribed any form of medication ~ I personally knew to keep well away from it. I realise there are instances where medication maybe needed, however I have also seen the side effects and caution against it as a first option.
Instead of reaching for medication as a young teenager at 15 I began to take full responsibility of my downward spiral all on my own. I worked out how to identify what aspects I had generated myself and in which areas I was a victim of circumstance. I began to pick myself up using healthy and effective methods and month by month, year by year started to flourish and grow. Discovering my own techniques that worked enabled me to thrive, rather than relying on someone else trying to tell me what to do or to fix it for me which intern would have dis-abled and disempowered me. Working through the challenges and hurdles rather than ignoring them or blaming others fortified my foundation which I could then build upon when the real turmoil came along as an adult ~ this was the shit that was surprisingly thrown my way mixed with family and work conditions that actually brought me to my knees.
But by this stage instead of falling apart which I could have chosen I was able to draw upon my earlier experiences of making it through tough times, so I devised a way to overcome this tumultuous period. This time I learnt how to deflect other people’s projections. I learnt how to see through people and sense their true motives and to call them out, knowing they had no influence or power over me. I learnt how to move through anguish, to release it and no longer carry it. I learnt how to carve my own trail to take any direction I wanted. I learnt how to reawaken, rekindle and expand my own abilities while I realigned and returned wholly within myself. I did not search out the quick fix or try to dilute, cover or mask the issues I faced through distractions, addictions or obsessions as many choose to do.
I used holistic and metaphysical concepts that turned into extremely noticeable effects. Most of these techniques stemmed from the years I had spent in the outdoors working on myself and strengthening physically, emotionally, mentally and ethereally. This is why I encourage people of any age to step outside whenever possible and reconnect with the elements. Travelling the metaphysical route enabled me to understand and work with energy, to build a sanctuary both within myself as well as outwardly with my physical surroundings. I was able to not just metaphorically dress and bandage wounds, but to clear all bruises and scaring that had been inflicted along my journey, resulting in a revitalised and renewed sense of direction and purpose.
Please remain assured if you have ever found this life difficult, anomalous, corrupt, unfair, depressing and are starting to question the purpose of it all than well done you have probably started the process of waking up. You can turn the negative into a wonder and a marvel as I did, but it remains for each individual to seek out strategies that enhance their existence. In my Intrinsic Achievement work I use my journey to help people discover what is truly within themselves and what they capable of achieving. If you are searching for a place to begin to remove the pretences, heal transgressions and reclaim your wellbeing than you may have just found it rather than checking into to your nearest mental health unit.
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