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"It is because they think that they may have exposure to liability, because certainly there have been instances where students engaged in acts of self harm including suicide," Bossing explained. "The fact of the matter is there are very few cases in which students with mental health issues actually engage in harmful conduct. In virtually all the cases — 99 out of 100 cases where there may be that the student has done something or said something that raises concern — very few cases that the student actually goes on to do something that does harm themselves or others."
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There’s also evidence that the technique reduces the stigma of seeing a mental health professional. A 2004 study found that teenagers would rather see therapists through videoconferencing at school than travel to an office, in part because in-school visits are easier to hide from friends and non-immediate family. (Parents are generally, if not always, involved in treatment.) Nelson of Kansas University says kids who participate in her program are made especially confortable by the presence of a familiar face: the school nurse. Nurses are generally “already a trusted person in a family and child’s life,” Nelson says. “They help socialize the student and family and make it not scary for them.”
The Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions have each put £1m into the six month programmes in four pilot areas, combining employment support with directing people, where appropriate, towards psychological therapies.
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“There has to be some sort of bringing together of the stakeholders in thinking about a more rational way of working out those resources,” [Watson] continues. “They’re always going to be limited, but we could probably do better with what we had. And unfortunately, the people most impacted are the people that are least likely to have a voice – or at least a voice that people really pay attention to.”
The results of all this cultural pressurization can be ugly. Writing earlier this year on the Guardian‘s Higher Education Network, an anonymous academic lamented “a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia.” What the writer means by “acceptance,” here, is really “expectation”—a culture where we require that everyone work herself to the point of physical and emotional enervation because hey, that’s the nature of the racket. High-scoring students at top colleges who pursue doctorates in the humanities have already capitulated to manifold compromises: instead of earning small fortunes at consultancies, we sign a six-year contract to live on or around the poverty line while our teaching, writing, and research busies us for roughly 12 hours a day. We’re told these drudgeries are requisite sacrifices to the life of the mind—there is usually an ingrained accusation of “self-indulgence,” as though working for Bain & Company is somehow altruistic—but this wisdom affords little comfort to the faltering fourth-year. “Acceptance” of mental illness is excellent if it means dispelling a toxic stigma; what’s no good is the prevailing presumption that graduate school is supposed to be hell, and that madness is the natural communal reaction.
This month’s exhibit, published in the September global health issue of Health Affairs, looks at budget allocation for mental health services by country income level.In the article, “Policy Actions To Achieve Integrated Community-Based Mental Health Services,” authors Mary DeSilva, Chiara Samele, Shekhar Saxena, Vikram Patel, and Ara Darzi write that “most low-income countries allocate about 0.5 percent of their already small health budgets to the treatment and prevention of mental health problems.”
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I plan to write in but I also think that it is important to share my thoughts about this for those unfamiliar with our medical system. There is little to no long term government funded (or partially funded) mental health services here.
The mentally ill have no representation in parliament nor in any major healthcare institutes. What little funding we have is being stripped in the name of cost cutting. This means that there is no support for preventive care, minimal crisis support and no long term help options.
An example of this is that there are no government mental health hospitals for long term patient care. Some public hospitals have a crisis mental health wing that are notoriously bad. These however are for short term crisis admissions, not mid-long term treatment which is needed for many mental health concerns.
Many psychiatric medications are full cost with no government funding to make them affordable. There is also little to no support in educational institutes for mental health concerns. Most school in fact only have “support” through the christian groups, which is highly inappropriate for mental health care.
They are “fine tuning” the disability support system making everyone on it get reviewed. This is complicated by the fact you need the support of a medical professional to stay on the support system and often they are too costly to afford.The reviews are often subject to extreme stigma and bias against the mentally ill and individuals in need are being taken off the support system. These people are unable to work or support themselves in anyway so this is basically a death sentence for many.
It is also important not to forget the almost nonexistent support for indigenous communities. The support that is available often completely ignores the importance of the cultural differences in health care treatment. Also often the support that is available is only available under government mandate. Many individuals do not participate in this ineffective mandated therapy understandably. Rather than acknowledging this the government penalises indigenous individuals who are mentally ill with fines and criminal charges.
Instead of implementing measures to improve the state of mental health treatment in Australia, aiming towards preventive healthcare and long term treatment - it’s simply getting worse. This lack of appropriate care, support and representation is going to have long term repercussions for the health and wellbeing of our community.
Reblogging for excellent commentary ^^
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