LibLink: Baroness Claire Tyler – Mental health matters

Writing on the Liberal Democrat website, Baroness Claire Tyler sets out detailed ways in which government can radically improve the treatment of mental health problems:

What’s the nub of the problem we are trying to tackle?

For me it is well summed up by John Lucas, a campaigner for the mental health charity Mind who has been diagnosed with both physical and mental health problems when he said:

“Why does the NHS pull out all the stops to stop me dying of physical health problems, but does not care if I die of mental health problems?”

Real parity of esteem means the same standards of access to treatment as happens for physical diseases such as cancer diagnosis.

You can read the full article here.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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One Comment

  • Paul
    Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Clair Tyler is one of the more serious and sensible people in the HofL If she writes something it is usually worth reading. I hope people follow the link to the main article and read it as that will nly take a minute. It contains the following —

    Most people with mental health problems want to work. It often aids their recovery.

    So we also need to address the failure of the Work Programme with its in-built assumption that such people lack motivation and its over-reliance on sanctions and conditionality and introduce far more personalised help and support to get back into work which takes accounts of the realities of fluctuating mental health conditions.

    Nuff said?

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