Our Annual Conference was a Success!
The nationwide mental health crisis brought together mental health campaigners and practitioners, service user groups, unions, and the public at the Mental Health Crisis Summit 2019 in London at the end of September. It was organised by Health Campaigns Together, Keep Our NHS Public, and ourselves, Mental Health – Time for Action. Themes that ran through our event included how poverty contributes to mental ill health and how structural change is needed, demands for an end to austerity and the underfunding of the NHS, calls for the social model of health to become standard and UK law, demands for the end of the ‘hostile environment’ in the NHS, and discussions about how service users must be prioritised in any conversation about mental health.
At the summit, Rachel Bannister, founder of Mental Health – Time for Action, shared her daughter’s moving personal experience of stretched and inadequate child and adolescent mental health services. Denise McKenna, co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network, criticised both the medical model and abuses within mental health services. Film director Ken Loach sadly relayed cases of suicide in response to the hopelessness of insecure and low-paid work, and Jon Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, discussed how mental and physical wellbeing can be secured by dealing with social and economic problems such as poverty and inequality. He told the conference, “Delivering social wellbeing isn’t just about legislating, but about dealing with the wider social and economical determinants of ill health.”
It is only through campaigns like the Mental Health Crisis Summit, and a social and economic transformation, that we can end the mental health crisis in this country.
Announcing our Second Annual Conference
On Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, Health Campaigns Together, Mental Health – Time for Action and Keep Our NHS Public have called an event:
Mental Health Crisis Summit 2019
Royal Free Hospital School Of Medicine
Rowland Hill Street
Saturday 28 September 2019
10am – 5pm
Sign up here:
Keep Our NHS Public Webpage: https://keepournhspublic.com/blog/its-time-to-act-mental-health-crisis-summit-launched/
Unwaged/Low Pension: £5.00
What the organisers have to say:
“When a government lets down society’s vulnerable and fails to look after people with mental health issues and in fact is making the situation worse, it is time for us all to come together to demand a better mental health service, a well-funded, public NHS without private interests, and a more responsible society.”
Dr Tony O’Sullivan
Co-Chair of Health Campaigns Together and Keep Our NHS Public
“Despite repeated promises of parity of esteem between mental and physical health, our mental health services are in crisis, with beds and clinicians in short supply while referrals are at an all-time high. Early intervention and access to evidence-based therapies remains a postcode lottery, and little is being done. Our Mental Health Crisis Summit will bring attention to these issues, highlight the failings of the current government, and include the participation of service users, carers, clinicians, academics, campaigners, and the public. Together, at our summit, we will chart a path towards adequately funded, well managed, and user-centred mental health care for all.”
Rachel Bannister and Alex Serafimov
Mental Health – Time for Action
Event is hosted by Mental Health – Time for Action and
Video links (please watch and share):
Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_TUC/status/1128178628666089474 (short clip with subs)
We hope to see you there!
Who are Mental Health – Time for Action?
In 2016 Rachel’s teenage daughter was sent over 300 miles away from home for treatment for a mental health condition. Sadly, it isn’t just Rachel’s family that have had to endure such a painful separation and the resulting trauma. Out of area placements continue to be common practice. They not only cause great upset and trauma for patients and their families they often have a detrimental effect on recovery, through denying patients the all-important continuity of care.
Mental health, CAMHS in particular, is poorly resourced and under-prioritised in the NHS. It is also a postcode lottery. We need to change that.
‘Mental health — time for action’ is an ongoing campaign for fully funded mental health services within a humane and compassionate society.
We held our inaugural conference 19th May 2018 where we heard from people from a range of backgrounds including Doctors, mental health nurses and teachers all with experience of or interest in mental ill health. In addition to campaigning for better services we are also committed to trying to ensure a happier and more equal society. We believe therefore that we must end austerity, poverty and the current system of over testing in schools. We also support the Keep Our NHS Public campaign and believe that it is imperative that we return our National Health Service into public ownership and ensure healthcare continues to be available for everyone and remains free at the point of need.
It’s hoped that you will be inspired to join the campaign to fight for properly funded mental health services which we believe must provide continuity and consistency of treatment and wherever possible within the community.
If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts please visit Staying Safe – help if you’re feeling suicidal