It’s a national scandal
mental health care
In his speech at this year’s Liberal Democrat conference, Nick Clegg pledged an end to the ‘outrageous discrimination’ in the treatment of mental health illness in the NHS. When we asked Guardian readers about their experiences of mental health care in the UK, more than 700 people got in touch. They told us of long waiting times, over-reliance on drugs and often a lack of compassion and understanding when it came to treating mental illness. Here are 15 of their stories. You can see more on our blog dedicated to mental health
He was very thorough and gave me a few options to ‘tide me over’ until I could finally get properly assessed to see if I could get any help.
What? That’s what I thought I was doing.
Also it turns out that this specialist can’t see me until at least January 2015.
With cancer there is treatment, support, counselling basically whatever you need. With mental health issues there’s next to nothing.
The experience we’ve had with mental health services suggest that they’re only focused on making excuses not to provide treatment and shuffling those affected off to live on benefits for the rest of their lives. It’s a national scandal.