I received my Mind supporters magazine in the post today. I like to keep up with the latest news and developments. Coming straight from the charity I know I am getting the facts and I don't really trust newspaper reports to keep me updated. In today's issue I came across some news and statistics I wanted to share with you.
£4m grant to support emergency service staff
The UK government have given mind £4m. This is to go towards support for staff working in ambulance, police, fire and search and rescue services. It will help the work they do to raise awareness and understanding of mental health, tackle the stigma attached to mental health conditions and help provide training for emergency workers.
I think the is a great initiative. Yes they may have some basic knowledge of mental health conditions and how to deal with a person in distress but it will only be basic. This way it gives a more in depth look into the conditions and how to treat or help the person in the appropriate manner.
Maximum waiting times announced.
Nick Clegg has pledged that 75% of the people referred for talking treatments will receive treatment within six weeks with a maximum waiting time of 18 weeks. This is part of a new plan which will see mental and physical health being treated equally by 2020.
It really is about time the government took a serious look at the waiting times for talking therapies and I really hope they implement it. I have spoke to some people who have been waiting a year or more for treatment. This change has to happen.
Bringing mental health to the classroom
Coventry and Warwickshire mind is piloting workshops and training courses in schools. This is thanks to the Local Mind Grant fund. Experienced mental health staff and counsellors run courses that range from one-ff sessions to a full six week programme. They will cover
- anger awareness
- confidence and self-esteem
- anxiety management
- stress and mental health awareness
This will help teachers respond to and better deal with children who have mental health conditions.
I love this idea and think every school should put their teachers through workshops like these. Especially as 1 in 10 children aged 5-16 has a mental health problem. That is around 3 in every classroom. 75% of mental health problems emerge before the age of 25.
What do you think of the latest developments? Let me know below.