Mental and physical health service integration and parity

People are starting to talk about mental health, but stigma still needs to be reduced.

Mental health should have parity of esteem with physical health. Mental health is the poor relation unless you’re a veteran. Provision of services for the general public is horrendous with for example two year waits to see professionals and drugs provided that are anti-personal. There should be work done into the root causes of mental health problems not just prescribing drugs, but GPs don’t have the time to adequately assess mental health issues so they just prescribe. There was particular concern about child mental health services, with clearer referral pathways needed and a look at the wider issues such as family dynamics and school life. Support is also needed for carers of those with mental health issues.

Why the contribution is important

Mental and physical health is closely linked and we can’t deal with one and not the other. Also, mental health is a big cause of things like work and school absence, family problems and addictions. If this is better treated, then it will help other problems.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 05:04PM

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  • Posted by mum1 October 20, 2015 at 16:14

    A plea for a Personal Medical Card??
    A member of my family is an alcoholic and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Often he cannot cope with the ordinary demands of life or with lots of people yet regresses when too much on his own. He cannot settle so moves around a lot. This results in loss of contact with medical professionals for months at a time - or longer. When he relapses - as is guaranteed - he has to be registered with any practice which can take him on and be reassessed all over again - with all of the official red tape that involves. Isn't there a case for having some kind of health registration/ID card (like blood donor?) which shows a medical code that allows medical people access to patients history and drugs for these mentally ill people - who often find it very difficult to talk about their symptoms. I know my own family member feels guilty about losing contact with those who help him and this makes him stay away even longer - until he's at crisis point. Wouldn't it be easier for him to present himself at an A & E for example and produce a card without having to go into what is deeply personal and private details of your health situation. Wouldn't need to be compulsory for those who didnt like idea.
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