"Gotta be rich to be insane." -- Cecelia Ahern (P.S. I Love You)

Insurance application forms request disclosure of mental illnesses.

People with mental illnesses are turned away from jobs, despite being completely capable of performing said job.

Mental illness treatment is, in many countries, not subsidised by the government. In countries that do subsidise mental illness treatment, however, provide an extremely low subsidiary rate. An example of such a country is Singapore (in my opinion, the government only decided to subsidise mental illness treatment is to shush the unhappy citizens). 

I have attended two series of caregiver-to-caregiver classes (a course for caregivers of those with mental illnesses). Recurring themes among the 50+ members of the group include, unsurprisingly, financial issues. Caregivers have to quit their jobs to stay home with their loved ones. Loved ones are turned away by potential employers solely based on the fact that they have a mental illness, regardless of whether the stability of their condition. Caregivers have to consider medical costs before sending their loved ones for treatment, which should not be the case.

Seeking medical treatment for mental illness has become a luxury. While I am fortunate enough to have a family that can afford treatment for me, thousands of others cannot afford treatment. When they are finally desperate enough to seek treatment (if at all), their condition would have worsened, making it all the more difficult to treat. As the condition worsens, the recovery process is lengthened and the cost of treatment increases.

Medical treatment should never be a luxury. If those with cancer can get support from the government, and support from society, why shouldn't those with mental illnesses?

Published by Claire Leong