From The Guardian: “I have a radical proposal for tackling the mental health crisis. Let’s just stop talking about stigma. I’m not suggesting stigma isn’t a problem. I’ve written about it myself. But all this talk of stigma has become a politically convenient red herring. […]
I don’t doubt that stigma does prevent some people from asking for help, but I’m not convinced that this is the overriding problem. What certainly does stop people getting help is a lack of available support. And, after all, if people are so reluctant to seek help, why are the waiting lists so long? Why is it that, according to a recent survey conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, some patients had waited up to 13 years to get access to appropriate treatment? […]
[…] ‘Ultimately, this is about changing the way we think about mental health.’ I agree. It’s about stopping seeing mental health as a discrete entity, and the mental health crisis as having nothing to do with government-imposed austerity: with the freeze on working-age benefits, with the housing crisis – rates of rough sleeping have more than doubled since 2010 – the slashing of council budgets, legal aid, Sure Start and education spending.
Let’s address that. Then we can talk about stigma.”