Mental Health should be the 4th emergency service now more than ever

Mental Health should be the 4th emergency service now more than ever

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Stefanie Wootton started this petition to goverment (health secretary)

Mental Health support is only available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am to 5pm. It is time to change this because people are suffering mentally 24 hours a day. If you have a break down doctors aren’t fully trained in helping you recover as they are professionals of physical illness for which they do a fantastic job. Let the doctors continue to help patients in their field of medicine and to concentrate on what they know best and the counsellors deal with MH. If you break your arm A&E can fix it... if you have a break down they aren’t fully trained in helping you with the right treatment. It would be like sending someone having a heart attack to see a psychologist. Imagine being sent home with a broken limb and told to wait 6 weeks for an appointment in the post. The health service would be done for negligence and accused of being inhumane, but that is how the mentally ill are treated. #letsmaketheinvisibleillnessvisible #WaitingListsCostsLives

What if.. when we woke up in the middle of the night with crippling anxiety or the need to self harm or possibly OD
what if.. there was somewhere we could turn for emergency assistance
what if.. this service could prevent the massive exceeding rate of mental illnesses
what if.. mental health was treated as fairly as physical health
what if.. we were to make it a fourth emergency service

Coming from a background of counselling I know so many counsellors who struggle to make a living because people simply cannot afford therapy. It should not be a luxury to receive therapy. It should be available as and when people need it without long waiting lists. We have so many experienced therapists going to waste while Mental Health keeps on increasing, the COVID pandemic has added even more pressure to mental health systems because they are trying to do everything during the hours of 9am till 5pm from Monday till Friday.
There are people out there wanting to help people with support and help get our country back on track. Firstly mentally because without mental health there is no overall health.

 

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