MENTAL HEALTH – Let’s REACH for good mental health care

David Smith

Stories on the subject of mental health care have rarely been far from the headlines in recent months and the issues of access, waiting times and standards of care never far from our thoughts. But what about looking deeper than that? What about if we could solve those delivery problems and focus on what the fundamental pillars of good mental health care are made of? What makes a mental health service a good mental health service?

Looking back over my last twenty years supporting vulnerable people I believe there are just five basic areas that apply just as much to helping us stay mentally healthy as to those requiring intensive clinical support.

Relationships – Trusting, caring relationships are a core foundation of our mental wellbeing. To believe we are cared about we need to feel a human connection and too often public services focus on maintaining artificial boundaries between…

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