Mental health services are bracing themselves for what many expect to be damaging cuts and further lack of investment as the date of this year’s budget announcement looms.

Equality 4 Mental Health  has begun a campaign aimed at getting ministers to sit up and take notice of the very real problems facing mental health services and those suffering with mental illness in the UK.

The campaign is cross-party and cross-society designed at persuading the Government that mental health problems are no less significant that physical health problems, and that only by increasing investment and understanding, can we hope to tackle what is a very real and growing problem.

Equality4 Mental Health have started a petition which can be found here The petition has already attracted a huge number of high profile signatories from celebrities to politicians.

The campaign highlights the ten biggest problems within our current system. These include:

  • The fact that those suffering with a mental health problem do not have the same access to support and treatment as those with a physical health problem.
  • 75% of children and young people with mental health problems go untreated.
  • Cuts to services have led to people with mental health problems being moved away from their homes and families due to bed shortages. In some cases this has led to children being placed on adult wards.
  • Research into mental illness only receives around 5% of the research budget despite the fact that it accounts for 23% of the disease burden.

To read more about the problems facing our current mental health services and to pledge your support to effecting change visit Equality4Change’s website.

You can follow comment and developments on the campaign using the Twitter hashtag #Equality4MentalHealth.

David Gray’s Mental Health team advises and represents patients and their families undertaking both tribunal work and work in the Court of Protection.

Mike Bishop is nationally recognised by Chambers Directory as a Star Individual in Mental Health, one of two in the country.

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