After the recent announcements from the conservatives on mental health I think its essential we explore the reality of mental health funding. It is important to think about, because since 2010 I have heard politician after politician promise there will be a revolution in mental health services, promise things will change for the better and promise to end discrimination, yet the reality for many mental health patients is that mental health services today is that things are going backwards.
I was reviewing my casework one day and I thought, I can count on one hand the number of times someone has come to me about the state of our health and social care system, yet I seem to be approached daily about potholes. Now of course potholes are important, but for me personally what is more important is how we give people in my borough the best possible chance in life. Now you all know some of the challenges we are facing in local government and we all know when local government sneezes, the NHS catches a cold. But what do those challenges mean for mental health services? And what solutions can we explore?
Below is a letter I wrote to the BBC regarding an article they publish on young women experiencing decline in their mental wellbeing, my concern is we are missing the elephant in the room which is the huge mental health cuts in the NHS and local government.