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.
We've called an urgent one-day conference in September this year to take a closer look at the mental health crisis:
Mental Health Crisis Summit
Saturday 28 September 10am – 5pm
Royal Free Hospital School Of Medicine Rowland Hill Street
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
So far we are going to be joined Jonathan Ashworth MP Shadow Secretary for Health (tbc), Ken Loach film director (tbc), Diane Abbott MP Shadow Home Secretary (tbc), Kevin Courtney NEU General Secretary, Lowkey musician and activist (tbc), Ian Hodson National President BFAWU, Dr Louise Irvine Health Campaigns Together, Rachel Bannister mother and activist, David Munday mental heath lead Unite the Union, Dr Vic Chapman from the Royal Free, Cath Wakeman OBE trauma therapist, Dr Nihal Fernando Consultant Psychiatrist and many more...
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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