What is Missing in Mental Health Care?

by | Feb 15, 2022

“Mental illnesses are different from other illnesses, and our current approach is a disaster on many fronts. Mental-health care is not only delivered ineffectively but also accessed during a crisis and strategically focused only on relieving symptoms and not on helping people recover.”


I’ve been researching and writing about the dilemma of mental illness for many years now. I do this, and continue to do so because it seems to get more complicated with age, especially with my own self care and journey of healing.

Mental health challenges are also a most popular topic these days with so much attention on the impact to so many millions of people around the world. But, it’s always been this way, do you see that now?

We know now, to be sure, that trauma is at the center of PTSD, anxiety and major depression around the globe. My research with Trauma Informed Oregon (TIO) Steering Committee has proven this to be so.

Intergenerational Trauma (PTSD) lives on…

In researching my own journey and so many others, I believe what’s always left hanging is why we have what seems like an impossible environment for healing those who suffer from too much trauma in their lives.

I know now, in my heart and soul that it has its roots in stigma. Yes, we as troubled and sick souls can’t seem to get our heads around healing ourselves. We can’t see it. We can’t believe it. When we see it, we can’t seem to talk about it or seek help for ourselves.

We even pick on others who suffer from PTSD, anxiety and major depression, as if there’s something wrong with them, but not us. We never ask, “what happened to you?” We ask, “what’s wrong with you?”

I say to most, “sick people make sick people sicker.” If we can’t help each other heal, we’ll never heal.

What can we do?

I can’t see where adding more beds in hospitals, more mental health treatment and recovery services, clinical therapy resources are never going to be enough unless we fix the problems right at home where emotional support can be proactive as in peer support, kindness and love ❤️.

Sound simple? No, its not simple at all. Unless all of us, not just some of us can come together and heal together as a family.

Does this idea make sense? Then, go home tonight and sit with your family and start talking without distractions. Listen to each other, and hug each other. We can all heal together, I believe if we do this as one big 👪 family, we will heal as a family.

Steve & Judy Sparks Children and Families in Life After Trauma (CFLAT)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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