Mental Health Crisis

Here you can find out about our ongoing campaign to tackle the mental health crisis. We believe the crisis has been caused by nearly 10 years of austerity leaving a population uniquely vulnerable to mental health issues and services struggling to provide the care so urgently needed.

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. In all this the experience of service users is often unheard, especially when it comes to women and people from BME communities.

It is our aim to bring together existing NHS and service user campaigns, the Labour Movement, trade unions and members of the public into a new network of activists ready to take on the root causes of the mental health crisis.

In September 2019 we called an emergency Mental Health Crisis Summit to bring together campaigners and individuals to pool resources, share stories and plan for the campaigns ahead.

Here is the video we made to promote the event:

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."

Clearly the mental health crisis is getting out of control. Our Mental Health Crisis Summit was a sell out and people came from all the over the country to get involved.

Here are some of the contribution from the day:

Speakers on the day included, Jonathan Ashworth MP Shadow Secretary for Health, Ken Loach film director and campaigner, Denise McKenna Mental Health Resistance Network and service user, Kevin Courtney NEU General Secretary, Ian Hodson National President BFAWU, Rachel Bannister Mental Health Time for Action, mother and service userDr Louise Irvine Health Campaigns Together, Tom Madders Young Minds, David Munday mental heath lead Unite the Union, Catherine Gamble professional lead for Mental Health RCN, Michelle Joseph actress, educator and service user, Elizabeth Cotton Surviving Work, Dorothy Gould National Survivors User Network and service user, Dr Vic Chapman from the Royal Free, Cath Wakeman OBE trauma therapist, Dr Nihal Fernando Consultant Psychiatrist, Rashaun Pacquette Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and service user, Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk & Suffolk, and many more...

We also ran workshops on the following issues, The Social Model, The Crisis in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, The Hostile Environment and Racism in Mental Health, The Mental Health of Workers, Trauma Services and Campaigning Strategies.

Here you can read some of the powerful reports from the day:

A Report from the Mental Health Crisis Summit 2019

The Mental Health Crisis Summit takes the first step in building a campaign

We also put together a booklet to give all attendees on the day of the event which you can download here.