Today the government in Britain has announced an extra £1billion per year will be spent on mental health care as only a shockingly low 15% of people needing care in England actually receive the help they need. This means an extra one million people per year are predicted to get help.
I would obviously welcome this as an independent practitioner. Many people I see feel unable to access the help they need due long waiting lists. The pressure on the system means that many can reach crisis point before they even access mental health help.
If this investment means that mental health becomes more widely recognised as manageable and as important as physical health as the government would like, hopefully with less cultural stigma such as seeking help being a sign of weakness or only necessary during times of suffering extreme trauma, then this can only mean a healthier population as a whole.
Intervention at the early stages of depression or other mental illness has been proven to influence a more positive outcome and with Government given suicide rates in 2014 higher than ever this must be a priority.
With more people accessing greater resources in order to feel, if not better, at least that somebody can hear they are struggling and support them, this can only be a major step forward in improving mental health for society as a whole.