Well, having done some research today, on Nepal’s severe poverty, lack of health and so much that is so terrible, including the high rates of severe mental health issues, like psychosis, and suicide, I feel like such a pathetic whinger.
Suicide is the largest cause of death amongst child bearing age women, in Nepal. I am not surprised, after reading all I have.
Many women, will be facing massive trauma, watching their child suffer and die, severe poverty, lack of health services, lack of mental health services, no money for medications etc.
And here I am whinging about my mental health issues, whilst I sit on my comfortable lounge, typing on my laptop, listening to my children playing in our pool. A fridge and cupboards full of food, a good roof over our heads, a public health system, and mental health services which we can afford, even though we have to go without….luxuries.
I have these overwhelming surges of feeling ashamed of how I whinge and complain.
I can barely cope, and I have so much, that these poor people don’t.
And they probably whinge less than me.
‘Severe mental health illness, is mental health, wherever’, I would hear some respond. I agree, but if I am going to have severe abuse, PTSD, depression, I am 100% sure I will prefer to deal with that here, in my very rich life, compared to in the lives of these poor Nepali people.
‘You shouldn’t invalidate your own trauma’, I’ve heard people say. But, I’m not, my life has been traumatic, but, I have always had a roof over my head, some food to eat and enough money to stay away from the poverty line, that millions in the world are living under.
I really have to stop feeling sorry for myself.