Mental health: on our minds?

By the estimable Rich Watts. MH is still an area where generalists/the mainstream sort-of know they must say something or other, but don’t whole-heartedly incorporate or integrate MH . It might be thought even that this is possibly a tacit recognition that it doesn’t readily fit a narrow medical model, crosses more boundaries than other bits of health and is hence seen as a bit tricky to handle.

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Parity of esteem in mental health is something we hear a lot about: it essentially means putting mental health on a par with physical health.

Underneath this, though, it feels to me that there isn’t a parity of attention when it comes to mental health – it doesn’t feel to be discussed or debated anywhere near as much as other topics.

This feeling is borne out by two excellent reports published on the topic of Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) and Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategies (JHSWs) by the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition and the Centre for Mental Health respectively.

The Children & Young People’s Mental Health Coalition found two-thirds of JSNAs didn’t have a section specifically on children and young people’s mental health. They also found that risk factors were highlighted which put children and young people at greater likelihood of having mental health problems, but…

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