Desperate families, staff shortages and surging lockdown demand – inside Greater Manchester’s mental health care crisis

‘It’s a house of cards and it’s already falling down’
Manchester Evening News, 21/02/2021

“Following her own experience with the service, Anandi Ramamurthy decided to set up CHARM, a support group which works with patients, families and mental health professionals.

She said: “It’s the system – not the people who work in it. We have members of CHARM that work in the service and there was one person who I spoke to and asked if they were going to change something what’s the one thing you would want to change?

“He said I would like to be able to go home at the end of the day and feel that I’ve made somebody’s life better. At the moment I can’t do that.”

Anandi wants to see services in Greater Manchester pursue a different approach to care involving more open dialogue and discussion, as well as focus on the traumatic events which can trigger mental health conditions.

She added: “We want them to rethink the approach and look at other ways of working to try to help those for whom the system they currently have doesn’t work.

For example the only approach we seem to have when it comes to psychosis is to dole out medication – but now it’s generally recognised that one of the reasons people end up having psychotic breaks is to do with trauma and stress and these are very often related to a whole series of issues.” Read full article here

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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