Suicide prevention programs (in the U.S) are seen as a good thing; but I think they’re just being abused to prevent workers from escaping the western slave society.
EDIT: I think suicide prevention is a good thing. I’m just saying that the bourgeois seem suspiciously supportive of it, considering how little they care about other health issues.
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It’s the western version of putting up nets around factory dorms.
They don’t actually care.
Or rather, they care in exactly the same way they care about racism, gay rights, and gendered concerns.
It is an ad campaign. They sign exactly one $10,000 check to an “awareness” campaign, then turn around and desperately lobby to keep themselves from having to pay for literally any form of social service that would actually alleviate any of these issues.
I know this because my unit is “desperately searching for any and all psych nurses or nurses who are willing to be psychiatrically trained (for $30/h in a major population center with one of the highest rates of rent gouging in America).”
Oh and I negotiated for that 30, and took it because any psych facility paying more is doing it to get you to overlook the patient and staff safety issues.
What I really want to talk about though is the commodification of human connection. “Internet doctorates” are suggesting people go to talk or behavioral therapy for things that are meant to be handled as a community.
They absolutely have their place, but the way people talk about it they’re recommending either a board certified dermatologist or just straight up a trauma surgeon for every scraped knee when really people need to learn how to come together as a community to just give the scrape a good wash and maybe put some ointment on it.
Also would a little basic emotional hygiene and both willingness and effort into bonding with other humans hurt anybody?
Oh yeah that makes more sense. I feel like they abuse mental health to indoctrinate people more than they do.
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Reserve army of labor goes brrrrrr
From my experience most psychological help is aimed toward the individual in need and does not tackles systemic issues. I wonder how well researched that is.
In capitalism realism Mark Fisher argues that increasing mental health issues in western society are a byproduct of capitalism.
Moreover the whole “self-help” trend is just pure neoliberalism.
Not just to enslave workers, but to perpetuate the status quo in general, imo. Same thing for reproduction benefits (not talking about birth control or planned parenthood but rather things like subsidies that are specifically for parents). You need people alive if you want to control society and make profit, after all. Not that non-capitalist states aren’t guilty of this as well, though. Society relies on people being alive in general and individual choice isn’t given as much priority as “the common good” (whatever it might mean to a particular society varies).