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Sanity and the City - Part 1
Posted by Leon Hubert
19th Jun 2015

The Priory Group shared this blog excerpt with us, written by one of their former patients. It is part of a 6-part series dealing with mental health in the City. To read more and to find future updates please visit the blog.

Welcome to the Jungle

Disclosing mental health

I work in the City. Whenever I describe what I do to friends and family they just look blank. They have stopped asking about it because it means nothing to them. To be fair, it doesn’t mean much to me either.

So I’m not going to go into detail here, because there’s no point. All you need to know is that I work with investment banks, hedge funds, private equity companies and a lot of super-geeky stuff in between. It’s a world of barbarians, vultures, vulgarians and psychopaths. But it’s also a world of loving, caring, vulnerable people with open hearts. They just don’t choose to show it to one another, unless they really, really, really, have to.

I agreed to write this because I have a sneaking suspicion that everyone with mental health problems in the City or in any high pressured environment think that they are alone. And they’re not. They’re really not.

I would like to see more fellowships of the kind there are for drugs and alcohol in the City. I want people to feel able to share their experiences of mental health in the same way they would share their experiences of breaking a leg.

We are some way away from that right now. But every journey…

I would love to tell you my real name. But I’m still in recovery. And I’m scared. I hope one day not to be. And this is one way of helping me get over that fear.

Something good can come of this.

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