Get­ting in­volved in men­tal health care

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

WE can all agree that peo­ple should be in­volved in the de­ci­sions that af­fect their lives. But when it comes to men­tal health ser­vices for peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal ill­ness, a lot of peo­ple feel like they have no in­flu­ence over the care and sup­port they re­ceive.

One in four peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence a men­tal health prob­lem each year. I have been car­ing for some­one af­fected by men­tal ill­ness for many years and in that time I have seen good as well as not so good care from lo­cal ser­vices. I be­lieve I have a valu­able in­sight into what works and what doesn’t.

This is why, with the help of Re­think Men­tal Ill­ness, I have con­tacted my Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG) to of­fer my help to make sure men­tal health ser­vices in Uxbridge are the best they can be. By work­ing to­gether, we can de­sign bet­ter ser­vices that bet­ter meet peo­ple’s needs. This will im­prove the lives for every­one with men­tal ill­ness. FUNMI CHIRNSIDE Uxbridge Full ad­dress sup­plied

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