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Speed up efforts to 
improve poor mental 
health care in the NHS

Progress in ending “institutional bias” against mental health patients in the NHS is unacceptably slow and must be accelerated in the next parliament, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has said.

Despite pledges to achieve parity of esteem with physical health, a report by the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on mental health says that people with mental health problems receive substandard care that would not be tolerated elsewhere in the NHS.

Jon Abrams, of 
Redbridge Concern said:

"The scale of the task in improving services for people with mental health problems is huge. There are still a number of major obstacles that need to be overcome including inadequate funding, bed shortages, long waiting times for talking therapies and institutional bias."

"We are seeing more and more people come forward and seek help many of whom have been turned away by mental health services. The fact is that 75 per cent of people with mental health problems get no help at all."

Have you used NELFT mental 
health direct in the last year?

We are looking for people with lived experience of mental health problems, family members, carers or friends who have used the NELFT Mental Health Crisis Line in the last  12 months. We want to hear about your experiences and also your suggestions and views on how we can improve the crisis line.

We will offer payment for people’s time and expertise and also reimburse  travel costs.

If you would like to participate please contact Redbridge Concern for Mental Health and register your interest.

Call: 020 8925 2435
Email: jon@redbridgeconcern.org

New guidance published
to help give mental health
patients a voice in 2015
General Election

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and Central and North West London NHS Trust have launched new guidance to encourage mental health patients and service users to register to vote and get their voice heard in the forthcoming General Election. This follows research which found that in the 2010 election, mental health patients were half as likely to be registered to vote as the general population.   

Mental health patients, including those, detained under the Mental Health Act, have the same right to vote as the general population. However in practice, they remain one of the most disenfranchised groups. 

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