Mental health worries

York Press: . .

 IT IS probable that no single individual is responsible for the dire state in which York mental health care now finds itself. The vulnerable are betrayed and the taxpayer is plundered.

Those in control appear to have turned a blind eye to the suffering their complacency has inflicted on individuals in need.

Mentally ill people have lost their lives. This is not merely a case of management incompetence.

Health professionals at the highest level, doctors, and psychiatrists, must all along have recognised that their drug-obsessed system was flawed.

Instead of instigating necessary changes many have devoted themselves to NHS-funded projects at the university, as far away from mentally ill people as possible.

As is now too evident, Bootham Park Hospital long ago became the poor relation. Let’s face it: an implacable ex-stately home with bars at the windows has no place in modern mental health care.

It is also for the public to consider whether self seeking health professionals have anything to contribute to a serious and compassionate understanding of mental illness.

Gareth Papps, Stillington, York.

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11:41am Tue 10 Dec 13

micky moodys hat says...

It's not a ex stately home, it was originally built as a loonatic asylum . A row ensued between the great and the good of the day and some went off to build the retreat. There are still dungeons there.
It's not a ex stately home, it was originally built as a loonatic asylum . A row ensued between the great and the good of the day and some went off to build the retreat. There are still dungeons there. micky moodys hat

4:58pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Teabag1 says...

Thats interesting Micky, And I agree Gareth unfortunatly all doctors seem to be able to do is chuck pills at people suffering Mental health issues (frustratingly for them), there is hardly any funding for the therapy which people really need which is proven to work/help longterm. I also think that some people abuse the services too much making long waiting lists for those who really need the service.
Thats interesting Micky, And I agree Gareth unfortunatly all doctors seem to be able to do is chuck pills at people suffering Mental health issues (frustratingly for them), there is hardly any funding for the therapy which people really need which is proven to work/help longterm. I also think that some people abuse the services too much making long waiting lists for those who really need the service. Teabag1

6:20pm Tue 10 Dec 13

CaroleBaines says...

Modern life and its frantic pace have created a mental health epidemic. Nationally we have not responded to that with either adequate funding or correct treatments. Now we have a crisis and tbh - no political will seems to exist on any side to do much about it.

We need to change the way we think, our expectations in life, the need to manage stress, the need to turn off, show ourselves and others compassion etc etc.

The responsibility lies with governments, health providers and the media to re-educate. This really is a tip of the iceberg problem and if anyone cares to look at the stats, its quite shocking already.
Modern life and its frantic pace have created a mental health epidemic. Nationally we have not responded to that with either adequate funding or correct treatments. Now we have a crisis and tbh - no political will seems to exist on any side to do much about it. We need to change the way we think, our expectations in life, the need to manage stress, the need to turn off, show ourselves and others compassion etc etc. The responsibility lies with governments, health providers and the media to re-educate. This really is a tip of the iceberg problem and if anyone cares to look at the stats, its quite shocking already. CaroleBaines

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