The mission to destroy the undeniable stigma associated with mental health and bring the treatment of disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder on par with conventional health issues may seem like somewhat of a lost cause on the current era.
Although financial tightening has been unequivocally felt by many sectors in the UK, the substantial cuts to the budgets of many mental health organisations across the country has led to a severe decline in the quality of care which can be provided to vulnerable people.
To improve the situation, the first step which needs to be undergone by the National Health Service is to treat patients living with mental health disorders with the same importance as those suffering from physical diseases and impairments.
Neglect of this community has led to numerous different tragedies over the years, as well as the uncovering of shocking statistics such as the avoidable deaths of over 1,200 people being cared for in NHS facilities.
Monitoring and quality assurance programmes such as the National Learning Disability Review need to be bolstered in an effort to ensure the care currently being provided meets the necessary requirements.
Furthermore, increased access to physiological therapy needs to become available as many people are only being provided with trainee counsellors who are not qualified to supply the necessary levels of treatment required by many patients.
Therapies such as MBCT, CBT and group therapy are all excellent services which can help alleviate symptoms and improve the overall quality of life for people living with a range of different mental health disorders.
However, without appropriately trained staff, the true effectiveness of these cannot be actualised and patients will be left with a compromised provision of services.
A more tailored and person-centred style of care also needs to be adopted throughout the entirety of the NHS, as there is currently a underlying perception that what may work for one person will work for everyone else living with the same condition.
This is simply not the case as the majority of mental health disorders are complex, multi-faceted and can vary dramatically from person from person, resulting in the need for more bespoke care plans to be created in order to help guarantee success.
The now coalition-free conservative government previously outlined promises within their manifesto to ‘improve access to mental health services’, however, only time will tell if these pledges will really come to fruition.
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Support workers at Encompass provide care services to help improve the lives of vulnerable people living with either an enduring mental health disorder or learning disability.
These include supported living, respite care, support in your own home (domiciliary care) and many more.