Week 173 – Mental Health, Writing About Mental Health And The PC Cowards Who Do More Harm Than Good.

Hi folks we are now at Week 173 and getting closer to 200 000 hits on the site! All is good!

We receive a lot of stories about mental health. This should always be showcased, considered and faced. But let’s be honest, this has become a bit of overkill. We all have some form of mental health problems in the same way that we all get a cold.

A cold shows up a few times a year and we have to knuckle down and get on with it. That is manageable. But if it escalates into the flu, pleurisy or pneumonia, then that’s getting serious.

Mental health is the same.

‘I’m sorry but I’m feeling a bit anxious due to my last selfie looking a bit pish’ isn’t that serious. It may be the cold version of narcissistic PD but its shite compared to the ‘I’m mad and want to kill you through the head’ people. Obviously those issues may need you to talk to someone and take a wee pill.

I think we should take our lead from animals. Most of their insecurities end in violence but at least they don’t spend hours boring folks with their PTSD problems due to a ragged nail on the night their granny told them that she was actually their grandpa.

We are also inundated with child bearing mental problems. Again, look to the animals of this world. If they can’t handle their offspring they eat them. I know it may be radical but again it would save a lot of tears from those poor fucks who have to listen to the explanation of their baby blues.

This all brings me to my point. Is content distasteful to us all or does it depend on your experience?

If your Great Uncle Norbert was killed during World War 1, would that make you find all those stories offensive?

If your wee brother Lionel / Lionelmenna was a cross dressing dictator from Peru, would you never want to read ‘Paddington’?

If you went to school with Jimmy The Junky who OD’d would you never take a Tramadol?

If you have finished a bottle of Talisker and not had the money for another one would that put you off saving up?

And if your sister was very sociable, accommodating and enjoyed letting you watch, would that put you off relatives, sex, football teams, romance, plungers, farmers, water sports and Turkish Delight?

I can’t answer for them all but I am saving up for more malt.

I wouldn’t want to bore you with my therapy sessions but my therapist is very experimental and gentle. I may need therapy about that one day.

I just find it weird when folks get on their high horse and state that some stories are terrible and sick. They finish off their argument with pish like, ‘It’s not funny, my gran died in a tragic knitting and bubble bath accident and I don’t want to be reminded of this by reading about it.’

No offence folks but that is funny!

We have all suffered. We’ve all experienced death and trauma.

They should be commenting about their hurt due to loss not blanketing a situation whether it be ridiculous or recognisable.

OK guys onto this weeks stories.

We have a first, a second, a third, a fourth and a tenth time contributor. So shame on you Mr Clayton for being so successful and ruining my numeric link!

Our topics this week include a marital aid, positive / negative handling of friends, rebellion, an actor and another actor.

As always our initial comments follow.

On Monday we had the second offering from Tom Chambless. He started off the week with ‘The Great God Cernunnos

‘A darker end of the humour spectrum.’

‘I enjoyed the idea of his paranoia and her getting her jollies.’

‘The ending about him being discussed was concise and realistic.’

Nick Sweeney was next up with his fourth story.

Pavlov’s Dogs‘ was published on Tuesday.

‘I had to concentrate, this was a proper read.’

‘Carrie was an interesting character. She was deep and resourceful.’

‘There were all sorts of terror, friendships and reality – I liked this.’

Our only newbie this week was Vanessa Gonzales. We welcome her and hope that she has fun on the site and continues to send us more of her work.

Don’t Feed The Goat‘ broke the back of the week.

‘We knew that she was never going to make a break for it so any rebellion worked.’

‘The minor act was major.’

‘Nicely told and a good conclusion.’

On Thursday we had Roger Ley with his third story.

‘The Masquerade’ nearly finished off the week.’

‘Once I’d read this, I had a grin on my face.’

‘A fun piece.’

‘This made me smile and I found myself rooting for the MC. I think it had to do with my Mr Benn fetish. (Sorry Nik!!)

And now to Mr Spoil My Sequence! Well that is if we write 2,4,1,3,10.

Martin Clayton sure can immerse you into his locations. He finished us off with ‘The Curse‘ (I actually thought this was going to be a totally different story involving painters.)

Wisely it wasn’t! Brilliant he is!!

‘Good story and great tone.’

‘The ending was really well handled.’

‘I wasn’t expecting this to have a dark side to it.’

That’s us for another week. I hope that you have taken the posting as intended!

At the beginning of this I was trying to make a point on the outraged regarding content. That isn’t meant to take away from the one thing that no-one is allowed to say or consider regarding mental health due to the PC and Care Sector, Molly-Coddling, Cotton Wool Wrapping, Trendy Empathic, Ball-less, Colleague Incestuous, Nazi Fuckwits…

…Unfortunately all those actively seeking medication or benefit know what buttons to push. And this takes away from those in genuine need and crisis.

Not everyone is in need or crisis. They either have a symptom of life or their symptoms become a financial and medicated way of life.

These all need recognising for what they are.

…But they all give us something to write about!


4 thoughts on “Week 173 – Mental Health, Writing About Mental Health And The PC Cowards Who Do More Harm Than Good.

  1. The Universe is entropy. This can be seen that disorder is mandatory and that which we assume to be reality is an illusion, which, in time, due or otherwise, will kill you without remorse . Sometime soon I expect to find behind an Oz-like curtain somebody who isn’t special nor afflicted nor pilled nor martyred nor supplicating beneath a cross erected by this somebody’s own choices. When I see this person I will have met God.

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    • Thanks as always Leila,
      I honestly believe that we are all fucked up in one way or another.
      Too many reasons and diagnosis can give excuse and permission and no consequence to those who want reasons, excuses and more importantly, no consequence.
      Our system is set up for those who know what to say. The silent sufferers are being short-changed as our NHS has protocol (Probably different money pots) for those who have mental health problems compared to addiction problems – And that is a loaded argument that no-one will win and in my opinion, no-one can honestly separate.


  2. Back in the 80s I used to work with mentally and physically disabled children and adults. It was an integrated playscheme, meaning that kids without disabilities were also present. When we used to have fundraising and open day events, lots of the people who came to them had little experience of disabled people.

    They were often afraid of saying the wrong thing, so went to extraordinary lengths not to be offensive, yet often ended up saying things like, “Well, as he’s a… a… you know.” And we’d go, “No. What?” “A… a, well, it’s not very nice to say it these days…” And we’d have to go, “What – spastic?” or something, and they’d look really relieved and say, “YES!” And we’d have to go, “Well, that’s not exactly true… and you’re right: it’s not very nice to say it these days.” We were low-paid and faced with some horrible everyday miseries at work, so we were messing with them just for a laugh, and to relieve the misery. Few of them really meant to be offensive.

    At these things, usually a mingle-type thing in a marquee, every time one of the public said to one of us, “You must find it so REWARDING,” in that I’m-the-first-person-who-ever-thought-this kind of way, we would put one hand up in the air. It happened a lot at these gatherings, and of course it was noticed, and some people started to say, “What does that mean – your hand up in the air?” and we’d look at them all puzzled, and never told them why.

    It was one of my holiday / part-time jobs when I was doing my degree and teacher training. I really enjoyed the work, but it was just not valued, and therefore not well paid enough, so I couldn’t stay in it. It’s probably much the same now.

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    • Hi Nick
      Thanks so much for the comments and a wee bit of insight.
      Here in Scotland, there is one type of job that anyone with a clean record can get and that is in the care sector. It is full of the desperate to get out and no-offence, those that shouldn’t be allowed to look after a goldfish. If you contact any of the units, I can guarantee that someone would take you on, experience or not.
      The money is terrible, there is no thanks, no job satisfaction, no home life balance, you will be hung out to dry, the recording is all about covering the unit, the shifts can be 13 hours and there is no continuity due to staff turn-over. As soon as anything comes up, certain staff are off.
      So you are probably right, nothing has changed.
      All the very best my friend.


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