Mental Health

Health written question – answered on 27th February 2006.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken towards (a) developing, implementing and reinforcing comprehensive mental health policies as outlined in the 12 areas for action set out in the World Health Organisation's Mental Health action plan for Europe and (b) engaging non-governmental organisations and service users in this work.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

Work is being taken forward in many ways to develop mental health policies and services that are consistent with the World Health Organisation action plan, including:

the five-year Shift" programme challenging the discrimination and stigma that can affect people with mental health problems; the national social inclusion programme, taking forward implementation of the June 2004 social exclusion unit action plan for better access to employment and social, educational and community activity for people with mental health problems; the recruitment of over 600 graduate workers to help general practitioners manage mental health problems in primary care settings; a reduction in the suicide rate to its lowest recorded level; over 340 new crisis resolution teams to give intensive support at home to people suffering a crisis in their mental health; increases since 1997 of 50 per cent. in the number of general psychiatric consultants and 21 per cent. in the number of psychiatric nurses; and an increase since 1999 of over 26 per cent. in total spending on mental health services.

Service users and non-governmental organisations are involved in shaping policy and guiding its implementation. For example, the Shift" programme has an advisory board that includes 14 people with direct experience of mental health problems, and the national social exclusion programme is supported by an affiliates network of over 50 organisations.

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molijana
Posted on 3 Mar 2006 11:41 am (Report this annotation)

Pete Doherty

I HAVE SENT THE FOLLLOWING TO ALL AND SUNDRY LET'S SEE IF SHIFT WILL STAND UP FOR US AND TRULY FIGHT STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION THE STATEMENTS BELOW HAVE BEEN SENT TO PARLIAMENT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE THE GUARDIAN THE INDEPENDENT ETC...LET'S SEE IF WE GET A FORMAL APOLOGY FROM THE SUN NEWSPAPER!!!!!

Shift you really need to make a public statement about this disgrace and ask the Sun for a public apology...this should be nipped in the bud immediately

I have also sent the following to the PM

I have just sent the following email to the Sun Newspaper as they are disgraceful the way they are treating People with emotional health issues...they got it wrong with Frank and they are getting it wrong again...this sort of stigma and discrimination must stop..here is the email I have sent them...


How dare you treat Pete like a piece of rubbish...He is a Human Being in need of help...Your attitude is the sort that influences this country to treat those with Mental Health Issues as lepers within our society..."Where is the Love?"...If anyone should be called scum it is the disgusting Rag that you write for....Just because Pete is famous and has money does that make him less entitled to help.....he has obviously been in need for sometime.....Just because he seems to have it all does not mean that his internal pain has no right to be there....who are you to judge whether his grief is sadder or his pain is greater than anyone else's....taking lot's of drugs and drinking is called self-medication it stops the pain.....the staff of the SUN obviously need some training in this area so you start to get it right for once....


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