‘Ministers don’t know what effect their cuts are having on people with mental health problems’

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Quite an interesting confrontation between Labour’s shadow minister for mental health and the Tory DWP minister. Political agendas aside, she has managed to highlight the ignorance of certain policy makers about the effects of their actions on mental health service users. Also, just note the language of his response. He talks about targets, five year plans, reduced waiting times, recovery times etc. We have to wake up and understand that mental health does not work like that – it’s unpredictable, individual and impervious to arbitrary plans and targets. Show compassion in your language, be creative with your policies. Show us that you really do care about mental health because, right now, we’re not getting that feeling.

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