The NHS have sent out a call for evidence which they plan to use to improve current services and understand more what the causes are of people experiencing mental health problems. This has been ongoing since April, with the survey ending at 11:45pm on the 5th of July 2022 so there is still time to give a response if you have not already.
Not sure if this applies to you? They are looking for responses from everyone including the following:
-Children and young people, adults, and older adults who have experienced mental health problems.
-People who have cared for someone/multiple people affected by mental health.
-People who work or volunteer in mental health and social care services who support people with their mental health.
-People who work or volunteer in places where they meet people who are affected by mental health. (For example schools, job centres and housing associations).
-Academics and experts who work on mental health.
Why should you do the survey?
This is an opportunity for you to give your experiences and knowledge of mental health so that your voice can be heard. Information gained from this can be put towards improving mental health services so that they are more suited towards what people are saying that they need.
This will all go towards a 10-year plan with that goal in mind, building upon current progress and identifying key ways local services can work together.
Since the start of the pandemic there have been record levels of people seeking treatment for mental health so finding out this information is more important than ever. Currently 1 in 4 within the UK experience some sort of mental health problem every year, whether that be anxiety or depression.
Together, we can begin to look for ways of improving mental health services across the country but that all starts with everyone having their say.
You can find more information on this here -> https://www.gov.uk/government/news/call-for-evidence-for-new-10-year-plan-to-improve-mental-health
Remember to do the survey before the 5th of July 2022!