I agree completely with what you said Isap, I am glad to be out of the UK. Before I left I was actually involved in political activism to try to change things.. I can't believe how quickly it has become worse since I took a break from watching the news. Now I am taking a much needed rest from politics. I will explore this aspect of Holland when I am well enough to cope with it. My stance is somewhere with the socialists and Rage Against The Machine when it comes to politics
But yes, I am not sure it helps to have too much politics discussion because mental health is very often such a personal conversation. But it is not entirely seperate. I think like every other area of study in a capitalist world, the focus is on the individual, whereas in fact there is a huge interchange of factors affecting mental health between the individual and the society they live in. Just look at the way that ineffective drugs laws are damaging people, prisons, austerity, an education system that puts children in a sort of competition all the time. When I taught I made at least half of the assessment group work. We are social animals and the mental health of individuals is not just about whether they are sick or not, but about how we are all treating each other and whether society is meeting it's members needs.
You are a great example because a proportion of your suffering is from your situation and you may or may not have underlying illnesses that also give you struggles, but society should enable you not disable, or lock up. The sheer number of people in prison in the world is terrifying. In the US it is like slave labour.
Okay I will stop now.
I hope you are well today x