“I’d have saved years if someone had asked”: Mental health services must ask about abuse

Some 38 per cent of women with a mental health problem have experienced domestic abuse.

I have been accessing mental health services for pretty much my whole life. It wasn’t until two years ago, at 47 years old, that anyone asked me about my experiences of abuse. The question was life changing.

Before that, I had been living with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder for over 20 years. I’d been in and out of crisis care and made attempts on my own life. My whole adult life had been wrapped up in a tirade of poor mental health.

But in 2017, when a psychiatrist...
source: New Statesman

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