for better mental health

This is a mental health emergency

This pandemic threatens the mental health of millions – especially those of us who were already struggling. Our health and social services are under pressure like never before. Many of us are at risk of falling through the gaps and not getting the support we desperately need.

As those in power take action to manage the situation, they must make the right choices to protect our nation's mental health. And they can help make sure the society that comes after the pandemic is kinder, fairer and safer.
That's why we are campaigning to make sure that those of us with mental health problems get support and respect during this emergency and beyond.

We're listening to you to make sure we're focusing on the issues that matter. We're sharing as many of your stories as possible to show others that we're not alone, and to make sure those in power understand the reality.
We may be isolated, but by adding your voice to our campaign, together we can get through this.

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Keeping our lives together 

Many of us have found ourselves worrying about our finances, our jobs, or our education as coronavirus has taken hold. At times it can feel like things are falling apart. This can have a huge impact on our mental health. 

Money worries have left many of us with mental health problems struggling to pay rent or afford food. Universal Credit claims have soared since the crisis began, but the complicated processes are making it difficult for many of us to access the help we need. We need those in power to make sure that nobody falls through the gaps into poverty – the benefits system must be there for us when we need it most.

Many of us are also having to adjust to new ways of working because of Coronavirus, and that can take its toll on our mental health and wellbeing. Whether we are working from home, working in a difficult environment, or not working at all at the moment, the Government must make sure that our legal rights and protections are upheld.

With schools closed, young people with mental health problems are not only missing out on their education, but also on the support that schools can provide them to stay well. We need to know that young people with mental health problems will not be forgotten, both now and when schools reopen in the future. 

We may be isolated but we are never alone. Join our campaign and together we can get through this.

The Mental Health Act

More than half of us being treated in hospital for mental health problems are sectioned. This means being held against your will under the Mental Health Act, with little or no say over what happens to you. Being sectioned is one of the most traumatic things that can happen to someone.

Imagine having far fewer rights and far more restrictions that we've all experienced under lockdown. Imagine not being able to leave hospital even if you're at risk of catching coronavirus. Or imagine essential support you need to help you recover being away because services and staff are so over-stretched. This is the reality for many people detained under the Mental Health Act. 

We are campaigning to make sure that those of us who are detained during coronavirus are treated in a safe environment, have their rights protected, and have access to support to help them recover. And we're calling on the UK Government to urgently publish its Mental Health Act White Paper so that we don't go back to business as usual but we make rapid progress in improving the care, treatment and dignity of people detained under the Mental Health Act.  

Mental health services

The need to stop the spread of coronavirus is clear. But we're worried about the knock-on impact it will have on our mental health and on the availability of services to support those of us experiencing mental health problems. 

Coronavirus is affecting people's mental health and the services we rely on. Reduced resources and staff shortages mean many of us, whether we are young or old, are finding it harder to get the support we need, especially when we're in crisis. The longer we wait, the more unwell we may become. 

Nobody knows how long this situation will last, but it's clear that the impact will be felt for years to come. Sadly, many more people may experience mental health problems as a direct result of lockdown, unemployment or bereavement. With mental health services having been overstretched and under-resourced for so long, we need decision makers to start thinking now about how it will support us in the future. 

We will make sure the issues that those of us with mental health problems are facing are understood by those in power. We will make sure your stories are told and heard. 

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