Mental Health

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The Trust has promised to take care of you and your mental well being is no exception. After all happy, shiny, law abiding citizens don't let their crazy get the best of them. The stigma of seeking treatment has been steadily worn down over the years, with the Trust touting that it's much better to get help now then require discipline later, which is much more frowned upon socially. Going to therapy is seen as a basic piece of self-care, not unlike getting your teeth cleaned.

Every honeymoon vacation included a mandatory couples counseling session at some point during the trip. Couples are heavily encouraged to keep going both for little check ins and when problems arise. Psychology check-ins are included with your yearly physical and medical professionals are quick to refer patients for solo, couples or family counselling. Funerals attendants frequently hand out information about grief counselling and Judges often include some kind of therapy to go with your re-education.

Tidewater Stress Center

This is a large end of the hospital dedicated to mental health. Most of the wing is dedicated to out-patients and is a very welcoming, spa-like atmosphere with calming music in the hallways and beautiful fountains. It's not uncommon to see couples looking cuddly in a seating area after a session watching the little water features. The doctor's offices have a bit more personal flair, but they are still very upscale and welcoming, think of a luxe hotel room, but as an office.

The inpatient treatment is a separate two floors and very much a hospital. It smells of disinfectant and has polished hospital floors. Patients here are dressed in scrubs and given round the clock care in their locked wards. Patients roaming into the rest of the hospital, or worse the streets is unacceptable. One floor is entirely dedicated to patients deemed "incurable" that have effectively been removed from society and their families. Families of patients in this wing are gently discouraged from visiting, saying it might upset the patient and that the family should move on with their lives.

Seeking Treatment for Yourself and Others

As mentioned above, many professionals in fields like corrections, medical and end-of-life care are happy to recommend a therapist visit. Setting up an appointment for yourself is as easy as a call to an office or the general Stress Center line if you aren't picky about who you see. You may also be assigned mandatory treatment within the Justice or Educational systems if authority figures deem it necessary.

If you are the man of the house, you can send your family members for treatment against their wishes. If your children are out of control a child psychologist is just a call away. Wives are especially vulnerable to this. Being "difficult" is enough for your husband to send you into out-patient treatment. If you have something more serious wrong with you, and especially if you're seen as a danger to your children, you will be put into in-patient treatment. Being an in-patient -whether you are a man or woman- essentially puts a ticking clock on your marriage. Your partner cannot remain married to someone who is deemed incurable. If you are deemed so your marriage is ended and you are rendered undraftable and sterilized.

Patient/Doctor Confidentiality.

This is no longer required of psychiatric professionals. Psychologists and Psychiatrists are expected to act as government watchdogs when needed. While there is no legal requirement to report without evidence it is encouraged and the stigma of one of your patients being involved in rebel activities is harsh and definitely not kept secret. However should a psychiatric professional have proof of wrong-doing or plots against the government they can be charged with treason if they fail to report it.

Do patients know that they can be reported by their doctor? They have an inkling and there are rumours. Keep in mind that most people reported by their psychologist don't live to tell the tale and the authorities do their best to cover for their colleagues/snitches in the psychiatric field. Also, the doctors that have tested into this field are specially chosen for charm and their ability to make their patients feel at ease and eager to tell them more and more.