With the UK General Election looming it struck me that it is now TWO YEARS since I met up with my local MP to discuss improvements in mental health services for the over 18s with regard to the most deadly of all mental illnesses: Anorexia Nervosa. He promised to investigate what Parliament might be able to do about it and get back to me. I am still waiting…
Since then an all-too-large number of young people have died as a result of the complications of developing Anorexia. Much-loved young people who were unable to access the first-rate treatment they needed. Or who – because they were over the age of 18 and legal adults – refused to engage with life-saving treatment. That’s one of the many problems with Anorexia, the sufferer often thinks they are perfectly OK. Right up to the moment their heart or other organs give up.
But obviously my local MP must have had more pressing matters on his mind.
Doubtless he completely forgot about me – and the hundreds of other young people who will die from this insidious illness which affected a member of my own family. Who, at the time, was thankfully under the age of 18 and who is, thankfully, now recovered.
Indifference loses votes. And, in this particular case, lives too.