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Sydney Morning Herald November 1st 2017

"Australians took 3.7 million

mental health days last year”

i spent exactly six months

during 1980/1

as an institutionalised

mental health patient

i learned then

things weren’t quite right


"Mental Health issues are dogging our community and it is only being recognised (pessimist me) because working days are being lost. How's that for 'care'.

I am a long time schizophrenic on continuing medication (Olanzapine, low dose 2.5mg) recently reduced but anyone who is diagnosed should know; it is for life. That's the poignancy. Life! And no matter how you anticipate the future, nothing changes. The world though, would have us, 'chase wellness'.

I was diagnosed and hospitalised several times from 1980 and my reduced medication really says nothing about my condition. And so, I arise each morning (now retired) thinking only of now; today. Every now and again I feel as I did when I wrote "another mental health day". "So it goes", wrote Kurt Vonnegut (also a schizophrenic). I have gone on too long."

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