This Mental Health Awareness Week Keep Our NHS Public, Mental Health – Time for Action and Health Campaigns Together are launching the Mental Health Crisis Summit.
Chronic underfunding has pushed mental health services to the brink, and the problem is getting worse. Understaffing, cuts and failure to provide early interventions for mental health patients is putting unprecedented pressure on A&E departments, emergency services and beds. Patients are being forced to travel further, and suffer worsening health, as they wait longer for treatment.
Dr Sonia Adesera, a trainee GP and activist told us: “You see more and more people going to A&E with mental health issues, more police time is getting taken up trying to support people with mental health issues.
“The number of people being detained under the Mental Health Act increased by 47 per cent over the past decade. That’s people getting sectioned because their mental health is getting so bad as we are not supporting them in the communities.”
It’s time to act
Clinicians, patients, campaigners and carers will meet for the Mental Health Crisis Summit, to demand better mental health services for all.
Time: Saturday 28 September, 10am-5pm
Place: Royal Free Hospital School Of Medicine
Rowland Hill Street
Getting there: The nearest tube station is Belsize Park, and the nearest train station is Hampstead Heath. The numbers 24, 46, 168, 268 and C11 busses serve The Royal Free Hospital. Find out more on the How to get to the Royal Free page.
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