'Monumental' day for mental health

THE approval of a new mental health and wellbeing strategy is a ‘monumental’ moment for everyone who has experienced a mental health condition, one campaigner has said.

THE approval of a new mental health and wellbeing strategy is a ‘monumental’ moment for everyone who has experienced a mental health condition, one campaigner has said.

Emily Litten, pictured, operations and development manager for the charity Mind, welcomed States members’ backing of the strategy and the approval of a new £24m. mental health and wellbeing facility to replace the Castel Hospital.

‘Together with the adoption of the new Mental Health Law on 8 April, we will have seen more progress in a few short months than in the last 70 years,’ she said.

‘Our deputies have sent a clear message that mental health and wellbeing is a top priority for this States.

‘This in itself is a crucial element of fighting the stigma and discrimination that still surrounds mental health.'

Comments for: "'Monumental' day for mental health"

bewidered

24million pounds........why?

Are there really that many people in our small community that need treatment

And where is the money coming from when the health service closed wards in order save cash, funny we have enough for this.

Also, the vote was couple of days ago and the build has just been approved, but why do I feel like this was already decided, the contractors start next month and have been in place already.

This present house is worse than any previous ones, they treat the public like we are idiots,not realising we can see though all their schemes .

eyeontheball

Simple answer, yes and at last some progress is being made in this important area that for years has been largely ignored.

Dave Jones

bewildered

Yes there are, and it is a growing problem as people find the pressures of modern life more difficult to cope with.

Mental illness can affect anybody at any time and some people will need very short term help and support and others will need much longer help to get better.

We also have a growing number of children that are suffering varying degrees of mental health problems and this trend is also very worrying.

I wish you could have read the Billet on the new Mental Health Strategy and the new building that we passed and debated on Wednesday, it was described by one member of the States as a superb report and we agreed with him.

It was a great day for mental health on Wednesday and I was proud to be a States member and support this new era in health care.

Finally the funds for this project were put aside many years ago and it is there waiting for the project to start.

PLP

A quick read of the section in todays GP about eating disorders should help answer your question.

James

I'm afraid it's just that sort of attitude that has left people with mental health problems being treated in a crumbling, damp collection of Victorian decay and assorted portakabins for decades, and led to them being afraid to admit in public, to their friends, or at work that they are suffering.