We need to accept collective responsibility for the suffering and injustice we inflict on one another, and rebranding and camouflaging the effects of trauma, loss, and stress as mental disease directs attention and resources away from creating a safer, fairer, and more just society — a society in which more individuals are able to flourish and thrive, in which the most vulnerable are protected, in which perpetrators are held fully accountable for the impact of their actions, where survivors are not pathologized, and where those who have been shattered by devastating events are greeted with compassion, empathy, respect, and hope for their healing. Crucially, this should also include more and better support for vulnerable children and distressed families in distressed environments, as well as increased funding for research initiatives that investigate viable psychological and social alternatives for preventing and alleviating mental health problems (therefore moving away from funding councils’ current preference for genetic, biological, and pharmacological studies).
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