With me having both a mental and a physical disability, I've come to notice how the two are treated very differently, both by the health profession and by people in general.
I feel that people can be more understanding with a physical ailment - it is visible, it is obvious - and allowances are made by people and will help where they can - be it helping you with something, or cutting you a little slack. Whereas with a lot of the mental issues, either people don't know what to do, or don't take it quite as seriously - you get typical reactions like "oh you'll manage", "get on with it", or "he's putting it on, there's nowt wrong with him". This kind of thing isn't doesn't seem to happen with a physical disability in my experience.
Even in the Health Profession, it doesn't take a high priority at all. I know the budgets are tight or non existent in the NHS, but when you see three quarters of the local health team made redundant, it is quite telling of what priorities they take. Yet during bad financial times, good mental health care is needed more than ever...
Of course those that know and understand the problems are more than happy to help with both, my circle of friends, and the majority of people on here are very good and understand (OK so there is a bit of banter, which I'm fine with :)). I'm talking really about Joe Public - is it something that anyone else has noticed, or am I just picking up on something that doesn't happen? And how can we change it? I like to be very open with things that I struggle with, do you think that is more of a help or a hinderance?