There is a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and yet services remain stretched. In my opinion the problem is trying to shape people into services and not shaping services for the individual needs of people. We seem obsessed with fitting people into diagnostic boxes and having a label for a person's distress and in doing this we are in danger of not listening. It is almost like selecting the mental turmoil to work with and leaving the rest of the person outside the room. The term mental health in itself is a box which separates the individual from their other components; their spiritual health and physical health. I believe all of this and more are intricately linked to form who we are. The rising awareness of poor mental health is symptomatic of a detachment to ourselves and our communities and the answer is surely to reconnect, recognise, to be brave and sit with uncertainty together with the client without the comfort of the box with diagnostic walls. How can we be whole again, when we don't consider and work with the whole of the person?
Whether that be the client or ourselves we are more than the labels we are given in life.