Many are the times I have signposted people calling our Information Service to the mental health advocates working in Powys. You have the legal right to choose which provider and clinical team you’re referred to by your GP for your first outpatient appointment In most cases you have a right to choose which mental health service provider you go to in England. All professionals need to be trained in the most current procedures for safeguarding their clients’ protected health information in the recording, storage, and transmission of electronic records. I still wasn’t educated enough about the social psychology of the situation: I was exposed as a mental health patient, my grades suffered regardless of how good I was getting.
Ultimately, mental health is about being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy – the way we think, feel and develop relationships – and not merely the absence of a mental health condition. So it was in May I found myself at the Combined Services Centre in Llandrindod Wells with a room packed full of professionals from the Police, Powys Teaching Health Board, Powys County Council, Welsh Ambulance Service and a number of voluntary sector organisations, all gathered to learn more about Section 136. Once you get that label of having a mental health problem, you are marked in social circles.
While children in all four groups showed improvement during the study, children whose mothers had histories of depression and children who had become depressed with fewer social stressors fared better with any of the active treatments than with the placebo (Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, Online, 2016). And, not forgetting, Jan Rogers’ powerful personal story of coming into contact with the police during a mental health crisis.
In nine force areas in England joint units comprising mental health practitioners and police officers, who have shared access to information, take to the streets together, resulting in better-informed decisions and better outcomes for people experiencing mental distress. People have this assumption that everyone with a mental problem, no matter how mild or severe, is automatically considered destructive or a criminal person. More people with mental illnesses are in jails and prisons than are in mental hospitals.
States are adding a variety of services, including expansions of mental health and substance abuse treatments and dental care, according to a 50-state survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation. In fact, it’s the only survivor of a plethora of physical treatments of the mental hospital era, as a reliable intervention for severe or suicidal depression. In spite of these challenges, there is a growing impatience to move mental health from the periphery to the center of the global health and development agenda.