Nottinghamshire National Policy Forum Event

This blog is part of a series by Christian Weaver which can be found here

On 26th May I met up with Nottinghamshire Labour Party members to discuss all things mental health. The meeting was productive, with a number of innovative ideas coming out of it. Below is a snapshot of the key points made:

Addressing the Stigma

  • In horror films, the ‘scary’ person / villain is often depicted as somebody with mental health issues. This depiction is damaging in terms of addressing stigma.

  • Young people should be exposed to and have an understanding of those suffering from mental health issues from a very young age.

  • In the same way consideration must be given to ‘health and safety’ when decisions are made, mandatory consideration must also be given to mental health issues.

 

Conducting Research

There was a view that more research was needed. This would enable the Labour Party to develop a clearer picture on what needs changing. Research in to the following areas was suggested:

  • Why do incidents of mental health disorders appear to be increasing?

  • What pressures are being put on young people through social media and is this contributing to mental health issues?

  • Why do some people miss their GP appointments? Once we understand this, we can work to combat it?

 

Issues Regarding the Student Community/Young People

  • Society still promises young people ‘the earth’ if they achieve well academically. This puts often unsurmountable levels of pressure on them and can lead to mental health issues.

  • Bursaries for doctors who commit to spending at least working within psychiatry upon them becoming qualified as a doctor.

 

Other Discussion Points

  • A greater emphasis should be put on treatment of mental health issues by way of socialising, meeting with friends and family and taking up a sport, as opposed to the exclusive use of drug use.

  • More respect must be given to mental health workers. They need to be up there with junior doctors.

  • Trade Unions supported people with mental health issues. Their decline has been to the detriment of employees.

 

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http://www.yourbritain.org.uk/agenda-2020/commissions/health/mental-health-the-way-forward?active_tab=submissions

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Christian Weaver

NPF Rep East Mids (Health and Care Policy Commission)

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