Let's create a world where mental illness is understood, effectively treated and ultimately prevented

Written on 24 Jan 2017

Whatever you may think about the politics or leadership of Nick Clegg, I hope that you'll agree that he has been a vocal and stalwart ambassador for improvements in all aspects of mental health.

As part of the last coalition Government, he pushed for maximum permitted waiting times and to put it on the same legal footing as physical health treatment throughout the NHS. He also called for significantly increased spending on all aspects of mental health care and research.

So it was good to see him show his support for the recently established mental health research charity MQ. As he points out ….”each year one in four people in the UK will experience some form of mental health issue”. He carries on “The funding is 22 times less than the equivalent investment into cancer research and 14 times less than that for dementia”. This means that approximately £8 only is spent per year on research per person affected by a mental health condition.

The charity he is supporting, MQ, is the first major charity dedicated to research into mental health. It was established in 2014 with a block of funding from The Wellcome Trust and has a simple but effective mission statement : To create a world where mental illness is understood, effectively treated and ultimately prevented.”

If you despair at the lack of effective action being taken by our current Government to address the lack of meaningful funding being provided to mental health, then take some heart at the initiative shown by the MQ charity.

Please take a few minutes to look at the website (https://www.mqmentalhealth.org) and use the opportunity to support its work by signing up to help in one of the many ways in which you can volunteer, which can be as simple but effective as spreading the word about mental health in your local community.

If you've been affected by the topic that I've covered in this blog post, and would like to discuss your feelings, you can leave a public comment below. Alternatively, if you'd like to communicate with me on a one-to-one basis about any issues you'd like to discuss further, you can either email me or call me on 07946 517967.