Are you a carer, family member or friend of someone who has mental health difficulties? Have you been disappointed with mental health services or lack of resources? Have you felt that you have needed to campaign on behalf of a loved one and felt disempowered o alone in your plight?
What do Mind have to say about mental health and parity?
Here’s an excerpt taken from an email we sent to all main Party Leaders, via Mind Charity. You can see the full content of the email and sign up, it only takes a couple of minutes, is easy to do and will reach the inbox of our Leaders.
“Attitudes towards mental health are beginning to change. Politicians, the media, the public, and the Government are giving more attention to mental health than ever before. But the fact is that right now, mental health services are on their knees and hundreds of thousands of people are being failed by the NHS. The statistics speak for themselves”
Here are some of the statistics:
- English mental health budgets reduced, in real terms, by 2.3% between 2011/12 and 2013/14, and Clinical Commissioning Groups are ignoring guidance from NHS England which instructs them to increase their mental health spending in 2015/16.
- The amount spent by NHS Wales on mental health fell by £24.3 million between 2011/12 and 2012/13.
- Male suicide rates have increased significantly in the last few years, and suicide is now the leading cause of death of men aged between 20 – 49 in England and Wales. In 2013, 6,233 people across the UK took their own lives.
- 2,100 mental health inpatient beds have closed since 2011, and the average adult acute admission ward now has a bed occupancy rate of 101 per cent.
- Between 2012 and 2014, the number of people who have to travel long distances – up to 300 miles – for emergency mental health services doubled from 1301 to 3024.
- Last year, over 6000 people were held in a police cell when having a mental health crisis, instead of a more appropriate health setting.
- 75 per cent of people with anxiety and depression get no treatment at all in the UK.
- 40 per cent people have to wait more than three months for talking therapies.
- 3,300 mental health nursing posts have been lost in four years.
You can send your own email, just sign up, the email is already drafted and ready to go!
On April 2nd, 2015, at 8:00 AM GMT, we will speak out with one voice to demand that mental health is prioritised and placed (at the very least) on par, with physical health.
We will be letting our prospective Government that we need action now- “Words Don’t Count”
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