Share your Views and Experiences of Mental Health with your Local Healthwatch!
Local communities across England have told Healthwatch that mental health support is an issue we should prioritise.
People have told us that they want to see more done to improve the support available to help them manage their mental health. They also want to see mental health concerns treated with equal importance as their physical health. Which is why we've made Help in a Mental Health Crisis one of our priorities for 2017/2018.
As part of the mental health support initiative, Healthwatch England are launching a new multi-year project to find out what support people need. We want to hear what works and what could be better to help the NHS understand the improvements the public want to see.
Mental health problems are often hidden and can affect anyone, at any point in their lives - including new parents, children, teenagers, adults and older people. Different mental health problems are also dealt with by different types of services to help prevent issues and provide support.
In its strategy for mental health services, NHS England - who lead NHS services in England - has said they want to:
"re-energise and improve mental health care across the NHS to meet increased demand and improve outcomes."
To make this happen, Healthwatch want to:
• Understand more about people's experiences of care, at different stages of life, to make sure that those who run the relevant services hear about the improvements in support people would like to see.
• Make sure the views of specific sections of the community are heard - especially those whose experiences are not understood by the NHS and do not have access, on an equal basis with others, to get the support they need.
Healthwatch England will work with your local Healthwatch and other organisations - looking at the evidence that already exists and undertaking new research - to highlight the mental health support people, and their carers want from childhood to old age.
Given the importance of young people growing up in a stable environment that supports their development, Healthwatch England will start by looking at the support young people want when it comes to their mental health and their experiences of the services that support them... And then go on to look at the other key stages of life - asking what support do you need to manage your mental health in the future?
Share your views and experiences of mental health with your local Healthwatch and help us work toward a better future! Click here
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