With Mark Brown, Anoosh Chakelian and Luciana Bergerby Steve Bloomfield / October 25, 2017 / Leave a comment
Back in May it was Mental Health Awareness week. Newspapers ran stories, MPs dutifully tweeted support, awareness was raised. Fine. But then what? One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem this year. You’ve probably heard that stat before, or something similar. Politicians certainly have. But despite all the awareness, we as a society and as a nation, still struggle to take this seriously. Most companies still don’t understand the idea of a mental health sick day; governments are still unwilling to properly fund mental health care. If you break you arm, you go to A&E, see a doctor within four hours, and get it fixed. If you are diagnosed with a mental health issue, good luck if you get any treatment on the NHS inside six months. And even then, it probably won’t be very good.