We have established CHARM, following the concerns that we raised about the lack of meaningful consultation and co production that took place regarding the redevelopment of Park House as a single site psychiatric hospital.
We have analysed the situation in Greater Manchester and reflected on the policy changes that are currently being addressed by the Department of Health (The Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults; the new Mental Health Bill 2022; and the Long Term NHS Plan).
Our demands are not new ones. Many of these demands for justice and rights were made in the 1980s, we know because many of us were there. Nearly 30 years later, how much longer must we wait for change?
Our demands are based on our own strong value base that holds human rights and justice as the essential components of any health and social care system.
Read our demands here.
‘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