Mental Health Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:03 pm on 7th February 2006.

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Photo of Jim Devine Jim Devine Labour, Livingston 4:03 pm, 7th February 2006

My hon. Friend will be aware that I worked as part of a primary care psychiatric team when the Conservatives were in power. They introduced a policy called care in the community, which was in a fact a con in the community, and led to many psychiatric patients wandering around city centres throughout the United Kingdom. Since then, have we not introduced a co-ordinated strategy consisting of investment not just from the health service, but from local government and the voluntary sector?


Posted on 9 Feb 2006 1:47 am (Report this annotation)

care in the community how can you get the community to care when the trusts don't and the media has scared most of this country into a not on my doorstep mentality excuse the pun....ignorance breeds fear....we are just like you....


How do you get it?
Sadly it has so many faces
Let’s look at just a few
I hasten to add you cannot catch mental health by association
The sooner we can all understand this the better
The discrimination and stigma we suffer will hopefully abate
What are the causes?

Loss of a child Loss of a parent Loss of a partner

Long Term Care:
Care of a child Care of a parent Care of a partner

Childhood abuse Physical abuse Mental abuse Domestic violence
Emotional abuse Sexual abuse Verbal abuse Bullying

The above can cause the following
Low self esteem
Lack of confidence
Self neglect
Self harm

Notice the different degrees some things seem worse than others
Who are we to judge?
We must not judge!

Is my pain worse than yours?
Is my grief sadder that yours?
We all bleed when we’re cut