Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 let's talk about how we feel

17th May 2019 Clinical Negligence

This week, 13 19 May 2019, marks Mental Health Awareness week, an area of our health which can often be forgotten about.

The BBC has published an article to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week which revealed the difference in spending put into mental health services across England. The mental health charity; Mind, looked into the variation in spending and found that there is nearly a two-fold difference in mental health spending across England. For example, it was found that Surrey Heartlands spent the least on mental health services at £124 per person last year, whereas South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw spent more than £220. Mind also said that ‘the differences were huge and would affect the quality of care but, despite the variation, spending was still rising everywhere’.

One of the aims of the NHS 10-year plan is to provide better access to mental health services for adults and children. Mental health treatment should not depend on where a person lives.

I was lucky enough to attend a seminar on Wednesday entitled ‘Why mental health and wellbeing matter in the law’. The talk was hosted by LawCare who spoke to Manchester Young Solicitors Group (MYSG) and not only tackled how to manage the pressures and stress that can come with working in the legal profession but also the importance of our mental health and wellbeing in our daily lives.

It is important that we look after our own mental health, as well as those around us and start more conversations about how we are really feeling. We often say ‘I’m fine’ when what we say, can mean something different to how we feel. It can be difficult to ask for help or to say when we are not okay. In a bid to raise awareness, the #ineedhelp campaign has been set up on social media to share our thoughts and give an example of when we have needed help, which in turn is hoped to help us and others, showing us that we are not alone and there is always help available.

The clinical negligence department at JMW understands the importance of having your best interests looked after and helping every step of the way through a medical negligence claim. We have a great deal of expertise in cases of suicide following inadequate care and monitoring in psychiatric units. If you would like to have a confidential chat with a member of our team, please get in touch.

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Hannah Madkour is a Paralegal located in Manchesterin our Clinical Negligence department

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