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, 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 user, Dr 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...
The day will be divided into an opening session in the main space with introductions from campaigners, trade unionists, professionals and service users to set the tone of the day and introduce the main themes, then there will be breakout sessions of which you will be able to chose one, (videos links of all sessions and a booklet summarising the core campaign issues will be given to all attendees). These will include sessions on 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. The day will then close with a final plenary for all attendees with contributions from Jonathan Ashworth MP, Ken Loach, Michelle Joseph and Kevin Courtney (NEU).
Time: Saturday 28 September, 10am-5pm
Place: Royal Free Hospital School Of Medicine, Rowland Hill Street, NW3 2PF, London
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.
If you might need help paying for tickets then please contact us at [email protected].