A Government That Permits The Psychological Torture Of Benefit Claimants Does Not Give A Fuck About Mental Health
This Government do not give a shit about people with mental health conditions, and neither did the last one. Whilst politicians of all parties offer soundbites and fake sympathy the treatment of people with a mental health condition by the benefits system now amounts to little more than psychological torture.
This is not hyperbole. Whilst the medical establishment has stood ildly by, and mental health charities have veered between mild disapproval and outright collaboration, the DWP has lanched an all out war on the most marginalised people in society.
The Void 6th February 2015
Unemployment in good times or bad is a far bigger factor in suicides than an economic crisis, accounting for nine times as many deaths, according to a study.
The recent economic downturn has caused about 5,000 deaths in 63 countries, whereas unemployment over the period 2000 to 2011 was responsible for 45,000, an analysis in the journal Lancet Psychiatry has found.
The Guardian 11th February 2015
Larry Elliott (If money can’t buy happiness, how are we all feeling as living standards fall?, 12 January), makes a number of salient points. We need, though, to reset the terms of the debate. As long as we continue to think about growth and wealth in purely numerical terms, we will continue to be stuck in contradictions. The wealth that each of us enjoys is not simply to do with the state of my bank balance, the things I buy, or even my share of GDP.
A large part of what makes each and every one of us rich is what we hold in common, and intangibles. I am rich because of the NHS, decent infrastructure, a tradition of the rule of law, democratic institutions, educational opportunities, voluntary support networks, family life, companionship, freedom to think my own thoughts and speak my mind, and confidence that all this is sufficiently important to others for it to be treasured and defended.
We need politicians and commentators to stop talking and point-scoring about who is going to put more (or less) into pockets, and to enter into a more fruitful debate about how we can work to ensure that all citizens are helped to flourish, and what that might mean in the 21st century.
The Guardian 13th January 2015
In recent times the effectiveness of mental health services has been reduced to how much a patient scores change on a range of blunt questionnaires about their mood that are often used incorrectly by clinicians and patients. Greater emphasis is placed on these by politicians who incorrectly interpret what the data is saying. NHS mental healthservices are soon to have payment by results where their overall funding will be based on attempts to square the circle of subjective emotional experience into objective terms through flimsy questionnaire assessments.
There is an obvious difference in patients that present to our private clinics compared with those in my NHS practice. Patients I have treated within the NHS paradoxically tend to have higher expectations of treatment than those in the private sector. I believe this is due to political over selling and heightening of expectations that patients are given of mental health treatments, to the point of being simply unrealistic.
Ever greater targets have been introduced in order to try and combat perceived failings and NHS underperformance which produces great headlines but has also exacerbates the stress on mental health therapy staff and increases the gulf between Whitehall, patients and services.
The Guardian 5th October 2014
West London Mental Health boss said whistleblower ‘reminded him of his first wife’, employment tribunal told
A NHS whistleblower raising fears over two patient deaths in a secure unit for female criminals secretly taped the chief executive of Broadmoor Hospital describing her as a “disturbed woman” who reminded him of his first wife, an employment tribunal has heard.
getwestlondon 24th September 2014
The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate
George Monbiot The Guardian, Tuesday 5 August 2014 21.05 BST