It’s time for us to examine the relationship between mental health care and the mental illness that caused this person to leave the hospital.
This question came up after I spoke to a colleague who had recently experienced mental health distress due to disconnectivity, as well as a fellow who had experienced mental illness at some point in his life.
While it is true that disconnections can cause health problems, they also serve as a means of connecting to others and making a difference in someone else’s life.
If you have experienced a mental illness or witnessed someone else suffering from one, consider the following.
Is your family or close friends involved?
Are there other people who have the same mental health issues as you?
Are you on a mental health support network?
Have you been on a support group for someone with a mental disorder?
Do you know people with mental illnesses who are also disconnected?
Is there a mental wellness community or support group you can join?
How has it changed your life?
If so, what has changed?
How does it compare to the experiences you had in the past?
How did it help you feel, or not feel, differently?
Have you ever experienced an incident of disconnection?
Were you able to address or stop it?
Have there been any setbacks?
What is your relationship with the mental health professional or other people you have consulted with regarding your mental health, and how do you think they have responded to your concerns?
What have they told you?
How do you feel about the idea that your mental illness may be connected to your disconnection?
Does this seem to be a myth, or is it something that is real?
Do your friends and family members seem to think this is the case?
Have they shared their concerns with you?
Are you comfortable sharing this with anyone you know?
Is it OK if someone you trust feels you need to share this information with them?
Have any of them discussed it with you about how to address the disconnection with the most helpful way possible?
How have you dealt with this disconnection in the last 12 months?
What was your response?
Have we all learned from this?
Are we moving forward with the idea of reconnecting?
Do you feel comfortable discussing this with your therapist, or are you willing to wait until you are able to speak to someone who understands?
Do they feel comfortable talking to you about this?
What are your plans to help reconnect people?
Do people in your life have any concerns about this disconnecting?
Have your thoughts changed?
Have others had experiences with disconnection or are they considering leaving the mental healthcare system because of it?
Do anyone you care about in your community know someone who is disconnected or has experienced this?
Do people you care a lot about care about this too?
How can you make it easier for others who are disconnected to connect with you and find support?
Are your colleagues or family members supportive?
Are they willing to discuss your concerns with others in your network?
Are there people in the community who know someone with disconnectedness who would be willing to talk about this to you?
Have people you know discussed this with you or if they have talked to them, are they willing?
Are these people also disconnected?
Is there anyone you can call to discuss this with?
Are people in other communities who are disconnected able to connect to you if they feel they can?
Have these people asked you to contact them about it?
Are their concerns shared with you in a way that supports their understanding?
Have any people in that community or community you know left the system because they felt disconnected from people who were disconnected from them?
How have they felt about the disconnect?
How has the disconnect impacted your ability to connect and get help?
Are people still trying to get involved in your recovery?
Do other people have difficulty connecting to you or you feel like you are not getting the help you need?
Do other mental health professionals have concerns about disconnection and you?
How are they coping with this?
How do they feel about it and what can you do about it to help?
Is it acceptable to discuss disconnection as an issue, or should it be addressed in a different way?
Is disconnection an issue that affects people in every facet of society?
What can you and others do to help people who are affected?
Are disconnections something you are or will be willing or able to change?
Do there exist options for changing disconnections, or does it depend on who you are?
Is a person disconnected connected to others, or disconnected to themselves?
Is disconnecting an issue or a way to cope with it?
Is reconnecting an important issue or are people who disconnect often ashamed of it or have difficulty making changes?
How can we better support people who