Been quite critical of the
coalition tory-led government lately so pleased to see something I like. Nick Clegg announced a new drive to tackle mental health today. I think mental health is a bit and growing problem in the UK that is inadequately tackled in the UK with too strong an emphasis on psychiatric intervention. It’s good to see both mental health being given the recognition it deserves but also this combining with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioural therapy amongst individuals who are just starting to have problems. I’ve been very dubious about psychiatric intervention and urge anyone with an interest to read Peter Breggin’s book on the matter.
Alongside this they’re also removing some clunky legislation barring people with a history of mental disorders from becoming MPs. Guido is typically skeptical and I’m not really fully aware of the issues. Is this legislation blocking people with anorexia or diagnosed unipolar depression from becoming MPs? Or just people with full blown psychosis who’ve stayed in a hospital for a significant amount of time? If it’s just the former the legislation clearly needs to be removed and if it’s the latter I think the argument for removal remains. People can both recover from those sorts of disorders and I doubt people would vote in a person who was currently having a schizophrenic episode.
Got to bare in mind though that they want the NHS to improve mental health care whilst dealing with all the other bizarre and frankly unwanted aspects of their NHS reform. Which would have been nice if they’d mentioned at the election.