Letter to the Guardian - our nation does deserve more than just talk about mental health

In response to an article by Guardian journalist Eva Wiseman, the BPC has written a letter to the Guardian:

Dear Sirs,

Eva Wiseman's article (It’s good to talk about mental health. But is it enough? 14th May 2017) verbalised the frustration felt by many professionals in the mental health sector.  While numerous well known persons including Princes William and Harry have commendably spoken about the need to seek help if experiencing emotional distress, we have simultaneously seen mental health services face cuts and promised government money not reach those services due to lack of ring-fencing. This has meant that waiting times for therapy are still unacceptably long, people cannot always access an appropriate therapy, and people cannot always have enough sessions of therapy.  If Prince Harry sought therapy on the NHS today he would have to wait for months and possibly for over a year to receive it, and might then be offered a treatment entirely inappropriate to his needs.

It does not have to be like this.  If promised money was ring-fenced, if 28 day waiting times between referral request and first treatment appointment were made universal, and if a comprehensive choice of evidence-based therapies was made available to all, people would not only be able to seek help, they would also receive it in good time and more likely recover.  Eva Wiseman is right, our nation deserves more than just talk about mental health.

Yours sincerely,

Gary Fereday


British Psychoanalytic Council.

Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 11:49