Can you help crowd source some info? What’s the state of mental health in Devon? Does the government live up to its claims on mental health? Where can you go for support?
With another grand gesture on Mental Health from Theresa May for World Mental Health Day (October 10, 2018), we were wondering just have far this pledge to mental health went in Devon and beyond.
We get the feeling that support, provision and funding is getting cut. But we may be wrong. That’s where we need your help. Do you know what’s happening in mental health? Our focus is on Devon, but we’re happy to step beyond county borders for news and info.
Also, if you need help – where do you go? How easy is it to find and access support? Is support ongoing? What about if you get into trouble through your distress, how does mental health work with the police and support agencies?
Are we even asking the right questions? And who should we be asking?
Mental health and young people
In 2016 we carried the story Devon’s scandal of child and young people waiting for mental health treatment. Has that improved?
Closures and cuts
In 2015, after 15 years mental health charity Cool Recovery closed. Have other organisations suffered similar fates? What have they been replaced with?
Then there are issues that feed into mental health: A third of adults in the South West suffer mental health problems due to housing pressures.
When the mental health plight of one of her young constituents was pointed out to Newton Abbot MP Anne Marie Morris, she blocked the person raising the issue. And we don’t think she did anything to intervene, or support the person or family in question.
Crowdsourcing campaigns – YOUR WISDOM
The PRSD Campaigns are attempts to draw on the wisdom of the crowd and source information.
The idea is to create a repository and time line around issues.
The aim it to create an on-going communal resource.
PLEASE SHARE, and when you come across something you can add, please do. It could be a link, a story, an experience, a press release, a news item, an announcement.
Tweet us, Facebook us, Comment us (see below) or Email us with your findings, thoughts and experiences.
If you have any questions, drop us a line in the same way and we’ll try our best.
And finally, if you want to help in another way, you can always buy us a brew…
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