Mental Health strategy sets out issues for improvement

BETTER early intervention is key to tackling long-term mental health problems in Guernsey, a new strategy has revealed.

HSSD minister Mark Dorey at the Castel Hospital. The department has released an 181-page strategy research report. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1295785)
HSSD minister Mark Dorey at the Castel Hospital. The department has released an 181-page strategy research report. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 1295785)

BETTER early intervention is key to tackling long-term mental health problems in Guernsey, a new strategy has revealed.

HSSD’s strategy for mental health and wellbeing highlighted quick action as vital for residents of all ages as well as breaking the associated stigma and discrimination.

In its 181-page strategy research report, Health and Social Services warned that there was lack of primary care psychological therapy services for young people.

It also warned that the primary care charging system appeared to act as a deterrent to people seeking early advice and those ‘stepping down’ from secondary care.

For older residents suffering from dementia, the HSSD strategy said that the greatest challenge was the lack of community support to maintain sufferers in their own homes.

Comments for: "Mental Health strategy sets out issues for improvement"

Dani

I'm so glad this is starting to come together. I really want to see this happen.

I would like to point out that I have been told the figures in the research report that the strategy is based on were UK figures. This means we should adjust expectations on Dementia needs/requirements as our population structure is more elderly/baby boomer heavy.

guernseyal

Come on - a politician outside the Castel Hospital with the caption "early intervention is key".

These jokes write themselves.

Rustylink

HSSD has yet to meet its budget targets and reduce costs, yet here we are again proposing making use of a further £16.6m from reserves to finance additional facilities, that will presumably require staffing.

Such new facilities are clearly desireable and long overdue. But the financing should have been phased in, within HSSD budget, over the long period this Mental Centre has been under consideration.

Clearly it's irresponsible to simply provide funds from rapidly declining reserves to a department that has, and continues, to have a record of failing to restrain spending.

We have to ask where compensating program cuts and staff reductions are being made to permit the books to be balanced. Simply spending more than revenues creates a new set of risks and problems to threaten the island; partcularly when the real GDP has decoened an average of 0.5% a year over the last 4-years. Responsible government requires hard choices to be made, not avoided by kicking bills down the road for presentation to future generations for payment.

I. Le Page

Long overdue,just like in physical health early treatment can mean stopping bigger problems later on.Mental health has been the Cinderella of health for too long.With companies putting staff under more pressure and also putting them out of work,the States are having to pick up the pieces more often these days too.

TAFF

Rustylink is right. A week or so ago they stopped operations. laid of staff, and closed wards due to financial problems, and now this.

What is needed is a complete financial plan and budget for HSSD within which this should fall, provided the overall budget allows. But not on an ad hoc basis.

If the management is up to it it should not take longer than 4 weeks max. And if they cannot do that then bring in someone who can. Not consultants, but Managers who can practice what they preach, and are allowed to do so.