Mental Health Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:21 pm on 7th February 2006.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) 6:21 pm, 7th February 2006

This has been an interesting and thoughtful debate. It shows that a wide-ranging discussion needs to be had not only by those in health but by those in education, local authorities, the voluntary sector, employers—whether in the public or private sector—and agencies such as jobcentres in order to tackle the variety of needs that people with mental health problems face in trying to live their lives. That is important given that much of the debate raised questions about the way in which people often work in silos in relation to mental health. We are trying—there is apparently consensus across the House on this—to challenge the importance that every organisation gives to how it meets the needs of those with mental health problems in their community, no matter what that organisation's core remit.

The debate has given the Government the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to improving the lives of the one in four people who suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. There has clearly been increased investment in, and modernisation of, mental health services since the publication of the national service framework in 1999.

Members made several accusations. To deal with one, I understand that the Tory-Liberal Democrat council in Birmingham recently cut £2 million from the Supporting People programme and moved it to another area.


Posted on 12 Feb 2006 12:36 pm (Report this annotation)

yet again you have missed the most important people off the list those of us who have used the services we who have first hand experience of what works and what does not and most importantly we can go a long way to helping create the services we want and know are beneficial to us....ask 50 service users what they would do if you gave them a £250 each what they would spend it on.....their emotional well being...a massage a swim a weekend break alternative therapies etc etc because as individuals we all know what works for us and keeps us well so shouldn't you start asking us what we do want...just as we know what doesn't work and often causes us far more distress than we had to begin with.....