Health information can be a daunting minefield. A diagnosis of any kind can be difficult to comprehend. It is natural human instinct to want to know more. But where do you start? Who do you trust? How do you find support through others who may be experiencing the same?
Physical health is mainstream. Our culture is saturated with messages on how to improve your wellbeing, the government regularly runs campaigns targeting obesity, and no one will doubt you if you say you have a broken arm.
In contrast, mental health sufferers can feel as if they are ignored and isolated, with no idea of how to get better, or if a recovery is even possible.
“How can I get my son to eat more fruit?” “Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?” “Which Jewish schools are you applying for?” “Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?” “Which Jewish camps are the best?” “How much should I pay my cleaner?” “How much should I pay my nanny?”
Dov hit his head falling down a flight of stairs while playing with school friends - his parents mistakenly attributed the subsequent vomiting to a stomach bug. Five-year-old Sarah downed a bottle of cleaning liquid when her grandmother's back was turned. Danny was left alone in the bath while his mother answered the phone - she returned to find him submerged in water.