At last, some excellent media attention and some action regarding the report published by the mental health charity Mind.
It states that one in four UK adults a year suffer from a mental health condition, and of those three quarters NEVER receive help.
Other shocking facts it highlights:
- One in ten British children have a diagnosable mental health condition.
- The leading cause of death for men aged 15-49 is suicide and a quarter of people who took their own life had been in contact with a health professional, usually their GP, in the last week before they died.
- Suicide is also the second leading cause of maternal death, after cardiovascular disease, but only 15 per cent of areas have the right perinatal mental health services. While 40 per cent have none at all.
ONE million more people a year with mental health problems will receive treatment in England by 2021, the NHS has pledged. Yes, it's great and it will help close the gap, but what if you're one of the people that needs help now?
You may not know this, but in 2011(!!) The Department of Health ran a campaign to crowdsource the most popular apps for health and Moodscope was voted #1 of just under 500 entries. Andrew Lansley MP attended a presentation, congratulated us and sang the praises of Moodscope. Excellent we thought, the Department of Health would promote it - A FREE service, people didn't have to WAIT for.
Well, we waited for them to get in touch... and we're still waiting! We have a proven free service available to all, and they did nothing. Zilch. Zip. Diddly-squat!
Well, I guess it's up to us - and I include all of you in this 'us'. You, me, anyone you or I know. Anyone that cares about the people who are suffering now, the people who have suffered and still bear the scars and the people who will suffer if we don't do something.
There's not loads we can do without being able to get hold of the 1.4 billion the UK government are going to put towards mental health by 2021, but what I know we can do is tell everyone about Moodscope.
Write to your MP, write to your therapist, write to your GP, write to your local newspaper, write to a national newspaper, call in to a radio station. Just tell the person sitting next to you! Send out emails to everyone you know, so that they know there is something that can help them or someone they know, NOW, and it's FREE of charge. Moodscope may not be the total solution, but it will give people something to focus on and help them take charge of their own mental health until they receive the help they so desperately need.
As we know, it's not only a UK problem. So, please, whatever country you are in, spread the word any which way you can.
If there are any PR people out there who would like to help in our quest, please can you email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Moodscope Team