Within this vision there are currently five broad themes for discussion:
Our vision of mental and emotional health increases the focus on emotions, values the emotional heart of service provision and minimises stigma by celebrating diversity.
Our vision of practice focuses on supporting each person’s unique therapeutic process through listening to their voices and working collaboratively to develop their emotional health and wellbeing. It provides a better balance between the psychological, emotional and pharmacological approaches and values different ways of knowing about practice. Importantly, it also values professional support, recognising that those who are cared for are better able to care for others.
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”
Our vision is of a simple system of service-based assessment and referral that doesn’t rely on an increasingly complex system of diagnostic labelling. It is a mental and emotional health care system that both removes a great deal of the burden from GPs and also recognises the need to resource new approaches such as street triage.
Our vision is of a budget more fairly divided between biophysical and mental & emotional healthcare.
“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”
Our vision is of a society that recognises the wider factors that impact on mental and emotional health… and which therefore promotes wellbeing through its policies in education, the environment, economics and beyond, with a special focus on children and young people.
We very much invite feedback, comment and discussion concerning the content of this website, together with new ideas, fresh information and additional suggested content. As this process unfolds it’s intended that the new vision for mental health – as summarised above – will evolve and develop.