MENTAL SERVICES TRANSFORMATION AND IF THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE
Mental illness has recently moved to the centre of public debate even though roughly four hundred and fifty million people worldwide have this condition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the stigma that surrounds persons with the condition remains.
It is a condition that has sparked public debate after Prince Harry talked of how his near-breakdown years after the passing of his mother, Princess Diana. It has also transformed the National Health Services (NHO) from time back known for using uncertain treatments such as insulin shock therapy to induce comas. The Independent task force of the NHS spoke of a transformation two years ago with which emphasis had already had a shift to human rights.
Chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness, Mark Winstanley says the fact that the society can see them as individuals with a possibility of recovery is a huge step forward. He recalls how people would be afraid of going into asylums which later became NHS long-stay hospitals as they would be completely institutionalized and never get out. Immoral behaviour would commit some to the mental institutions, but a larger percentage had severe psychoses. The breakthrough came when the 1959 Mental Health Act was beefed up in 1983 signalling care in the community.
Most of these communities never got the money they needed despite the government’s aspiration to equality between mental and physical health care. Community facilities for people with the illness are closing and early interventions are patchily resulting in more people spending the night in police cells and being compulsorily detained in hospitals.
Prof Sir Simon Wesley, who is leading the official review of the 1983 act says that how there has a fall in the amount spent on acute mental health care that is accompanied by elements of discrimination. He says that it is more likely to be detained if you come from a black or ethnic minority.
Government figures indicate 76% of psychosis cases being treated early by intervention services in the community within two weeks above the Forward View’s 53% target leading to Norman Lamb, the former health minister, claim that most health trusts do not offer the full package of care.
The director of mental health England, Claire Murdoch has, however, rejected criticisms that too much money is heading towards talking therapies while insisting that improvements to early intervention services for psychosis services were on track.
She talks of how the National Health Service has invested an extra 1.4 billion pounds in the past three years by also delivering a whole range of services that did not exist of which they are now offering across the country. She, however, reiterates the fact that they are spending more on mental health care services than they were previously.
A change in the balance of power and they are more aware of the people’s freedoms and their right to choose to recall when she was training as a mental health nurse at Friern hospital.
Currently, financial embattled local authorities struggle to find resources for mental health services as was the case when community care began. Murdoch sympathizes stating unless parts of the system are playing their part, the NHS is in danger of not enforcing these practices.
There have been ways to try stop stigmatization to people that have this condition, but the light has not shone yet. Every step the National Health Service take, an issue arises resulting in two steps backwards. Stigma has led people to the condition to refuse to acknowledge it as there are no clearly defined support services that do work.