We are daily receiving reports of cuts in mental health services – from patients, families, professionals and health organisations. We hear of hospital and community provision pared back or put on hold, and trained and experienced professionals rationed. We are concerned about the damaging effects this will have, especially for people with severe and enduring mental illness.
In 2006, SANE investigated the impact of cuts to London's mental health services, following its campaign to prevent the closure of the walk-in emergency mental health clinic at the Maudsley Hospital. Click here to see an overview of the project and the consequences for the people who depended on these services. We have now come full circle and once again the possibility of receiving treatment in crisis is being put at risk.
Please tell us if you know of cuts or changes to services in your area and what you think it will mean for you, your family or carers, and local people. Email [email protected].
We share the concerns of those who contact us and of other organisations in the field that the new Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is not sufficiently responsive to the needs of people with mental health problems. We are putting together a body of evidence about the working of the new test; if you would like to share your views or experiences, if possible in no more than 500 words, please email us at [email protected].
Your stories may be quoted as case studies to support our campaigning. If you need emotional support about your personal situation please contact our Services team.