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New mental health rights ‘proposed’ by minister Norman Lamb

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Care Minister Norman Lamb said the changes would put people in charge of their care, and promote community support as an alternative to hospital.

This means a lot – but hand in hand – real resources and funding need to be allocated in the community, to teams and GPs who hopefully work with mental health care professionals to look after neglected physical health –  and very importantly (in my opinion) ensuring full time professionals trained in cognative behavioural therapy are in place consistantly in the community teams, otherwise this initiative will struggle.

Moving towards less reliance on pills and more reliance on trained professionals. And if clients dont engage – you dont give up on them. Every life has value, meaning and purpose.

The time is long long overdue to stop rhetoric and put hand in pocket and to continue this after an election is over.

The money saved by the consequences of people being in poor mental health might justify the expenditure – “95% of imprisoned young offenders have a mental health disorder. Many are struggling with more than one disorder”  (www.youngminds.org.uk).

1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem, every year. (www.mind.org.uk)

Norman Lamb continues “This is fundamentally about transferring power to people and away from institutions.

In a joint statement, Jan Tregelles, chief executive of Mencap, and Viv Cooper, chief executive of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, said: “We welcome the government’s recognition that a serious imbalance of power exists within the system, leading to the voices of individuals and their families often being ignored, with devastating consequences.”

Very worryingly, they warned that changes in the law “could take years” and are not guaranteed.

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