Bill Harvey: Where’s your head at?

Bill Harvey

As we move towards the end of mental health awareness week, I was interested to read how some health professionals have raised concerns about the goals of such a programme. Perhaps most widely quoted has been the psychiatrist Simon Wessely who stated: ‘We don’t need people to be more aware. We can’t deal with the ones who are already aware.’  

This raises two points that, in my view, are of interest to the eye care professional (ECP). Firstly, the theme of this week is to heighten awareness of anxiety, something that is estimated to affect, to some degree, up to a quarter of the population.  

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