The scaffolding without the bricks and mortar: SANE’s experience that mental health services are failing
Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of the mental health charity SANE, on the launch of the Mental Health Implementation Framework:
“While the Mental Health Implementation Framework is an ambitious and laudable vision, we are concerned that what we are being given is the design and scaffolding but without the funds for the ‘bricks and mortar’ of mental health services.
“At SANE we hear daily of the punishing impact of the cuts being made across the country and patients report their struggle to find consistent, specialist help and that they are being bounced between ever more fragmented psychiatric teams in the community.
“While the government has put money into psychological therapies, on the other hand resources are being drained from the fundamental care of people in crisis and those with long-term and enduring mental illness.
“With depression and related disorders predicted to soon become the world’s greatest burden of disease, we are surprised that instead of mental health services growing to meet the increased demands they are being depleted and patients left to wait unacceptable times for counselling or go untreated and at risk.”
National framework to improve mental health and wellbeing publication
Department of Health press release