The government has pledged to add over £1bn to mental health spending by 2020 [Image: Getty].

The government has pledged to add over £1bn to mental health spending by 2020 – but will it happen and is it enough? [Image: Getty].

This Writer can foresee a tragic cascade effect taking place if mental health services fail to cope with demand due to government underfunding.

One in four people endure mental health issues at some time in their life – and anyone who has had such problems can have them again.

If the systems that help them to survive in society are taken away, then they may not be able to cope. I can see some of them making very bad choices if left to their own devices, while others may resort to the benefit system – possibly another bad choice.

You see, work capability assessors habitually deny benefit to those who deserve it the most. Even people who confess to suicidal thoughts are asked why they have not already followed those thoughts to their natural conclusion.

This Writer advises anyone faced with that situation to tell the truth. Say it is the Conservative government’s benefit system that is forcing you to consider it and that would be responsible, if you did act on the thought. Leave a note with relatives or friends to that effect.

We have a system in which the government absolutely will not honour its responsibilities unless there is a chance it will look bad.

So, if your mental health services are threatened, make sure the government is faced with that possibility.

The Government will struggle to properly improve mental health services with the NHS budget at current levels, an influential committee of MPs has found.

The Public Accounts Committee looked at how much funding the Government had provided to reach its goal of putting mental health on “parity of esteem” with physical health and found funding shortfalls would make the “laudible ambition” very difficult.

“We are sceptical about whether this is affordable, or achievable without compromising other services,” the report says.

The report says only a quarter of people who need mental health services currently have access to them, despite one-in-four adults being diagnosed with a mental health illness at some point in their lives.

While the parliamentary spending watchdog says “important first steps” have been made to parity of esteem, money and structures are seen a major barrier.

Source: NHS budget pressures will leave mental health services underfunded, spending watchdog warns | The Independent


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