Mind, one of the better known mental health charities here in the UK, have started a petition to the UK government on the subject of mental health funding:
Mental health services save lives, they need protecting
I try to not put too much non-postypost stuff here, but. I think this is a big sort of deal, especially when the government claims they are supporting the mentally ill and fighting against stigma. How are you supporting improvement in mental health services when we’re talking about a 2%+ cut in real terms to funding? They can fund a pittance for well-meaning policies that still require staffing that isn’t available (seriously, where are these nurses supposed to be coming from?!), and I do mean pittance; one must keep in mind that governments operate in billions, if not trillions.
The fact of the matter is that one in four people will have a mental health issue in the year. That’s a lot of people needing support, and you betcha most of them aren’t getting or asking for the support they need. Hell, it’s hard enough for people with chronic conditions to get help or diagnosis! So please, join me in calling the UK government to account. Thank you.