17/01/17 #MadLivesMatter

Join us over the next few months as we talk about how 

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You’ll hear why we think the wholesale slaughter of people with mental health problems in the UK is way past being unacceptable. 

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That over 6 thousand people take their own lives every year in the U.K., 75% of whom are men – making it the biggest killer of men under 45 in the U.K. 

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Research suggests that under reporting of suicide – possibly due to the stigma attached – by between 30% and 50%, means that figure could be closer to 9000 a year. 

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That people with mental health problems are, on average, dying 20 years earlier than the general population from PREVENTABLE PHYSICAL DISEASES. 

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That the very medication that many of us are taking can lead to massive weight gain, type II diabetes, heart disease and cognitive dysfunction to name but a few. 

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That one in four of us will at some time experience a mental health problem. That’s over 15 million people in the U.K. 

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That 9 out of 10 of the people who have a mental health problem will experience some manner of stigma because of that.

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That Welfare Benefits have been cut in real terms – whether it be through the bedroom tax, cuts to Employment and Support Allowance, or the swingeing sanctioning system where people with mental health problems are hugely over represented.

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That there have been massive cuts to both community and hospital services for people with mental health problems.

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That roughly 75% of our prison population have diagnosable mental health problems.

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That people with mental health problems are hugely over represented in our homeless and rough sleeper population.

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That 13.5% of people with any mental illness are in employment when between 80-90% want to work.

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Medical students who choose psychiatry have been referred to as ‘Pest Controllers’ by their peers.

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We, as a country, have broken every single law in the Human Rights Act regarding our people with mental health problems. 

Every single one. 

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It’s all right for you – you can use the word ‘Mad’ because you’ve been diagnosed with…

We can all use whatever language we want. If ‘Mad’ is all you have then I’m all ears. For me, it’s attitudes that count.

You can’t say the wrong thing. 

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Mental ill health isn’t my problem or your problem – it’s everyone’s problem. We are all responsible for our mental health and that of our fellow citizens.

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Those in positions of power are currently making a complete arse of things. 
It’s up to us – yes, you and me – to get them, help them, to change. 

Starting now.

Be part of the conversation.

Use the hashtag

#MadLivesMatter

Walk a Mile

Chris

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