Mental illness is common in one in four people at any time, it is estimated to cost the country around £105 billion, according to the government. Theresa May want’s to abolish the completely unacceptable stigma around mental illness; she wants to change the way the issue is addressed everyday, she believes it is a force for good. To help her achieve her goals she has offered schools extra training, as well as carry out a review of workplace practices in a bid to tackle the hidden injustice of mental health, which we will all say this issue has been recklessly disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health.
Mrs May will deliver a speech on Monday 9th January saying: “This is a historic opportunity to right a wrong, and give people deserving of compassion and support the attention and treatment they deserve. And for all of us to change the way we view mental illness so that striving to improve mental well being is seen as just as natural, positive and good as striving to improve our physical well being.”
She will use this speech in London to announce many changes to the way mental health is disregarded:
- A major review of children and adolescent mental health services, led by the Care Quality Commission;
- New trials to strengthen links between schools and local NHS mental health staff;
- Secondary schools will be offered mental health first aid training.
With an increased role for the state in addressing issues of social injustice, these plans will be set out as part of her vision of a “shared society”. Green paper measures to support the shared society will include supporting children and young adults and addressing increasing crisis in hospitals where facilities are closed .however to improve this she wants to provide a further £15 million to provide alternatives.
Many people are charged up to £300 by a GP to provide simple proof to creditors that they have a mental illness, this issue is to be resolved with an expansion of digital services and a review of the dept form system.
3 unresolved issues regarding mental illness:
- ‘Hidden injustice’
Mental illness has been something of a hidden injustice in our country, shrouded in a completely unacceptable stigma and dangerously disregarded as a secondary issue to physical health, this is a sentiment our prime minister strongly agree’s with. However if not addressed, it can destroy lives and will separate people from each other. Deepening the divisions within our society. We are a country with values and solving these issues goes right to the heart of our humanity.
- Training for schools
Figures are showing over half of mental health problems start by the age of 14 and 75% by 18. This is a major problem in our society today as young children are not getting the support that they need, however to improve this Theresa May wants to improve training for teachers and staff to a third of secondary schools within the next year. Help out the remaining two thirds in the following two years.
- Review of workplace practices
There is currently protection for workers when problems of mental illness persists for a year or more but are then classed as a disability, but for many common disorders such as depression the average length of illness can be much shorter. The government will consult employers, charities and legal experts to gather evidence about discrimination protections for workers with mental ill-health.
Mind chief executive Mr Farmer said: “Mental health should be at the heart of government, and at the heart of society and communities – it’s been on the periphery for far too long.”
Sir Ian Cheshire, the chairman of mental health campaign Heads Together, said: “The prime minister’s announcements today are extremely important and very welcome, as they show both a willingness to tackle the broad challenge of mental health support and a practical grasp of how to start making a real difference.”
Shadow mental health minister Barbara Keeley said: “This Tory government’s record on mental health is one of failure.”They might talk about equality between mental and physical health, but we are yet to see their rhetoric become reality.”The government has failed to provide sufficient funding for mental health services, and people are being let down as a result.”
There is many mixed feelings about the Prime ministers decisions on how tackle the issues of mental health will be resolved, Mrs May is hoping to have your support when she reads her speech and hopes everyone will second her decisions.
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