“We need to reverse the privatisation of stress and recognise that mental health is a political issue.” Mark Fisher, Why mental health is a political issue.
In 2018, a total of 6,507 suicides were registered in the UK, 686 more deaths than in 2017 when there were 5,821 deaths (11.8% increase) according to the Office for National Statistics. (https://www.ons.gov.uk)
While according to another trusted website, Mental Health First Aid England, https://mhfaengland.org, there were 602,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018/19 in Great Britain.
And the same academic website says that we have 24% of women and 13% of men in England that are diagnosed with depression in their lifetime.
Now, these stark and depressing statistics make up a considerable amount of the pain of today that call for thinking. A pain, that I as an author live myself, and that dare to call it into question.
And here in this blog I intend to explain this pain that we live. That is, depression. And show why Depression is caused by political injustice or oppression.
As an author, I have written many blogs on Depression. But I haven’t published them because I wanted to know more of it.
Being both, the person who suffers from depression. The oppressed citizen, who is barley able to breathe from the oppressive system of today politics. And the philosopher who is curious to know what depression is. And what causes it. And how to deal with it. So we can find a solution.
So, for years, I kept learning both the practical and the philosophical world. Living in the capital of Europe. Where the extremes of wealth live close too each other. Having only a slight difference between them, of course.
That is, the poor is down begging, while the rich walks by the poor, who is down, disgruntled for having to see his existence. And not having his slave services at all times and in all circumstances as the rich would want the poor slaves to be.
And the rich instead of doing us a favour and giving a part of their wealth to support the homeless and those in need of housing or in need for employment and opportunities in our social world. They even dare to complain for having to see the dehumanised homeless, who have fallen to as such level because of oppression of all forms that have created the conditions for them to fall.
Now, in between the very rich and the very poor of this corner of the world, here also live the oppressed working classes who exist with a foot in the grave and one in their warm houses.
That means, that if today employed working classes lose their jobs, they can also end up in the street. And be trapped by depression, anxiety and all forms of mental disorders.
And it is this subconscious fact, that lives at the back of the mind of the employed people, that equalises the pain of the working classes, that feel anxious and depressed at all times. When they think of what they may lose if they lose their jobs. With the pain of the unemployed people, or the reserved army of Das Capital as Marx would like to call it, who are anxious and depressed of what they may never win. That is employment.
So, I ask, what’s the problem here? Why have mental problems, and particularly, depression, become a national problem in the U.K?
Let us first of all define, the idea of depression and then see how politics created and still create the perfect conditions for depression to be created in the soul or mind of humanity. And thrive like never before in the human history.
The WHO organisation, World Health Organisation, for example, calls depression, a complex interaction of social, psychological and biological factors.
And it does not explain to us what is this “complex interaction.” A complex idea, that WHO explains only superficially. And it even replaces the concept of depression with a phrase called, “complex interaction.”
So what is depression then?
Depression is an idea that goes beyond the employed and the unemployed people. And it affects all walks of life. While depression weighs more down the very oppressed of this society. It affects all walks of life in a society that is designed to serve to the very few.
Hence, Depression as a concept is no more and no less than mind being ove…