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World Mental Health Day 2020: The Benefits of Investing in Mental Health

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Today is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is investment in mental health, so with this in mind, here are some benefits of investing in mental health :

  • A healthier populous. 1 in 4 people experience mental illness at any one time . That’s a quarter of the population. Just imagine if we could reduce this statistic.
  • It would reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness.
  • A better quality of life for people with mental illnesses and their families/friends.
  • Improved mood, self-awareness, coping strategies, self-esteem and relationships, for any individual with a mental illness.
  • Less people presenting in crisis due to earlier intervention.
  • A reduced suicide rate. Suicide is the biggest killer in men under the age of 45 here in the UK according to CALM.
  • Less working days missed due to mental illness. This would lead to a productivity boost.
  • More research into what interventions and medicines are effective in the treatment of mental illnesses.
  • It is cost effective, according to the World Health Organization (pages 18 & 19 ). Meaning that money invested would be returned back into society through cost savings.
  • Increase equality . Access to Healthcare is a Human Right, see my post The Human Rights Act (1998) Explained. The Human Rights Act (1998) was designed to increase equality.

I’m a strong advocate of increasing investment in mental health education and treatment.

Want to know more about mental health and mental illness? Then check out my book Mental Health Wisdom:


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Monitor Your Mood with this FREE Daily Mood Diary

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Social distancing and in some cases for those whom live alone social isolation can have an negative impact on mental health. We’re social animals you see. We need contact with others to remain mentally healthy.

But the key to spotting any deterioration in one’s mental health is to be aware of it. A good way to be aware of your mood is to keep a Daily Mood Diary like this:

You can download a FREE printer friendly version of this Daily Mood Diary here.

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The Winners are…

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Tomorrow is the 1 year anniversary of the release of my book Mental Health Wisdom. To celebrate I’ve hosted a giveaway. The original plan was to giveaway x2 signed paperback copies and x1 eBook (PDF) copy to three lucky people.

Part of my hopes for 2020 are that the world has more kindness in it. It starts with me. I received 9 entries and have decided to give them all a signed paperback and eBook (PDF) each. So the winners are:

  • Jude Cookson
  • Dawn
  • Kat
  • Joanne Rimmer
  • Jennifer
  • Marie Rate
  • Debby Lockheart
  • Lisa Davies
  • Cherie

…everyone that entered.

Congratulations to you all. You should have received an email asking for your postal address and with the eBook (PDF) copy attached.

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North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust Fails to Respond to My Complaint

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On the 02/11/19 I completed an exposé report on the care I received and observed others receive back in September 19. You can learn more about my experience here. I sent it to North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust and was impressed by their prompt response.

The Report has been written and submitted as a formal complaint.

The North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust initial response was that they’d investigate my complaint and report back to me by 21/12/19.

But they have failed to report back to me or to make contact to let me know that their response will be delayed.

I have contacted them to ask for feedback. I have also reported my experiences to the Care Quality Commission.

I am debating as to whether to send my report to the media or to publish it online. For now, I’m holding off on these two options, in the hopes that the Trust will come back to me with a meaningful response.

I will keep you updated.


Edited: 29/01/20, 19:11: The Trust has made contact and arranged a face to face meeting to discuss my concerns.

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