This post from two years ago popped up in my Timehop for today. The timing is appropriate as this coming Thursday – 1 February – is Time To Talk Day, when we are encouraged to open a conversation on mental health issues.
Sadly, I don’t see any real change in the situation since I wrote this piece. The UK government has made some positive noises but has sidetracked itself in a major way with the issues surrounding the EU and our relations with other countries, particularly the US. Worryingly, with all that has been going on over there to destroy healthcare, there are signs that our government wants to move towards ever greater involvement of the private sector in the National Health Service. Funding for mental health care needs to be increased significantly, to meet the need for much better training for, and provision of, services. Everything I said in this piece is still germane and will, I fear, continue to be. In the absence of a national initiative to improve our mental health, we all need to take a good look at ourselves and what we can do to help. Please take a couple of minutes to read this and think about anyone you know who may need your support: those statistics I quoted won’t be getting better any time soon.
A few days ago there was a report in the paper of a study conducted by the Health and Social Care Information Centre, as part of the Health Survey for England. More than 25% of the 5,000 respondents said that they had been given a diagnosis of mental illness at some point. 33% of the females and 19% of the males reported this, and the highest rate was found amongst the 55-64 age group, where the figures rose to 41% and 25% respectively. The most common diagnosis was for depression, at 19% overall – 24% for women and 13% for men. At the extreme, one in 14 women has attempted suicide, and one in 25 men, yet the male suicide rate is more than three times higher than for females. These are scary statistics! There has beena great deal ofresearch showing that men are much less likely to recognise that…
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