Day 85

The BBC update published yesterday says that 8304 people have died of Ebola all over the world in the latest outbreak, one of them in the UK.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28755033

The 2014 Government update on suicides says that 4513 people have died of suicide in the UK alone in 2012, a trend that continues to be maintained at a very high level till date.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/278120/Suicide_update_Jan_2014_FINAL_revised.pdf

The same year 40,600 people died of suicide in USA, 1 every 13 minutes.

How much coverage does this real epidemic get in the media? Why? Is it because it is not a physical illness? Is it because it does not generate enough fear in the populace? Or is it because it does not figure anywhere in the priorities of the governments?

I have felt like an utter fool for all this time for not knowing so much about this problem despite being a medical professional. Now, that it has landed right on my doorstep, I am forced to look at it closely. The more I look, the more information and gaps I find.

It is clear to me that Mental illness is something we, the public need to learn and talk more about because the NHS and the government do not seem to care.

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