The myths about mental health

There remain many myths and misconceptions with regard to mental health, it has been suggested. Carolyn Roberts, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the Association for Mental Health, noted there is significant stigma around the issue, while many people are still unsure of what it means and are therefore nervous about the subject.

Her comments come in response to the findings of a new independent inquiry entitled Listening to Experience.

The results were released by the charity Mind and found individuals with urgent mental health issues are finding it difficult to access the emergency treatment they require.

Ms Roberts stated there needs to be "an environment where people understand about mental health problems in an environment that is safe - that can refer them on to more acute mental health services that are needed".

Misunderstandings about the mental health system not being overly successful are similar in Scotland to what they are in England and Wales, she went on to note.

Dr Lucy Johnstone, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Cwm Taf Health Board, comments:

"'This is the latest in a series of reports demonstrating the lack of basic standards of care for people in crisis; a fast response, somewhere clean and safe to stay, and staff who have time to listen. Systemic change is needed if this situation is to improve."