Mental health comes into the spotlight again on October 10 as people around the world consider what they can do to help people with mental ill health live with dignity in the community.
The World Health Organisation chose the ‘Dignity in Mental Health’ theme to highlight the fact that thousands of people with mental health conditions around the world are deprived of their human rights. They are not only discriminated against, stigmatised and marginalised but are also subject to emotional and physical abuse in both mental health facilities and the community. Poor quality care due to a lack of qualified health professionals and dilapidated facilities leads to further problems.
WHO will be raising awareness globally of what can be done to make sure that people with mental health conditions can continue to live with dignity, through human rights oriented policy and law, training of health professionals, respect for informed consent to treatment, inclusion in decision-making processes, and public information campaigns.
Vicky Dutchburn, Head of Strategy, Business Planning & Service Improvement with NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said “Mental health is a huge challenge for the NHS nationally and locally and is one of NHS Greater Huddersfield’s priority areas for 2015/16. That means mental health is a key part of our considerations when we reshape and buy local health services. We aim to create mental health services which will catch people before they fall into crisis, or will support people from illness to recovery in a way that best suits them.
“This year we are working in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, investing in developing police liaison services following a successful pilot, the further development of mental health liaison services within our acute trusts and the ongoing improvement work across rehabilitation and early intervention pathways”.
The NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG is a signatory to the ‘Time to Change’ pledge which commits the organisation to reducing the stigma attached to mental ill health. It also promotes positive mental health for staff through a range activities helping them learn to make sure they recognise the signs of mental ill health and have the personal resilience to deal with day to day stresses.
Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair of NHS North Kirklees CCG added: “One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day. We are fully supporting World Mental Health Day and the importance of working together for the good mental health of all.”