Mental Health (Employment)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th March 2006.

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Photo of Patrick Cormack Patrick Cormack Chair, Northern Ireland Affairs Committee 2:30 pm, 13th March 2006

Does the Under-Secretary agree that those with mental health problems are not helped by ignorant gimmicks? Is not it appalling that, in Norwich, a statue in a straitjacket has been erected to the greatest Englishman of the past millennium? Is not that an insult to his memory and to those with genuine mental health problems?


Alix Cull
Posted on 14 Mar 2006 12:32 pm (Report this annotation)

I fully agree with the hon.member.It is well known that the gentleman portrayed in the statue suffered greatly,but it should be remembered that he was outstanding and courageous. Many people who suffer from severe and enduring mental illness are in fact quite physically weak, with many side-effects. The statue in question does nothing to assist them or to portray the severity of the illness which they suffer Any monies spent on this should have been for services to patients. These have been sadly neglected, inspite of the government putting mental health as one of their priorities. Many of these funds have been diverted to other parts of thw NHS. Should this not be questioned? What would have been the reaction if a statue of Hitler had been erected in the same connotation?

Posted on 14 Mar 2006 12:51 pm (Report this annotation)

Although I agree that it was extremely distasteful to go aginst Sir Winston's family's wishes by erecting this statue....I am however offended by your remark that depression is not seen as a genuine mental health problem....No wonder our society is so unsympathetic....Patrick I can assure you that depression is a very real mental health problem....Sir Winston refered to his dark depressions as the Black Dog....Sadly their are many in this country who suffer in silence with no real help....many people have been violently incarsarated and medicated against their wills....due to several over zealous work forces which still believe the media hype that bad is dangerous which is a sad sad travesty....the sooner we understand and accept that those who are vulnerable are human beings entitled to respect and dignity...and above all else some LOVE and KINDNESS we would be moving in the right direction...we were all born innocent