Yes its been seen wandering across the UK ...
Partly invisible perhaps but it's led to heavy marks in the grounds of many peoples souls ..
However , greyly it wanders and dumbers along the NHS mental health services too, often undetected .
"The National Association of Probation Officers (Napo) described 'overwhelming of evidence' that ex-servicemen do not get the specialist help they need, with thousands who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) struggling as their family and work lives collapse."
"Experts said that in the jaws of a recession this will "inevitably" mean the money will be transferred from the programme to other more "visible" frontline NHS services, a move that will have a drastic impact on its efficacy.
The possibility is likely to dismay the programme's supporters who believe it offers a vital alternative to the tens of millions of antidepressants, such as Seroxat and Prozac, that are prescribed by doctors in the UK every year. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which helps people challenge negative thought patterns, the programme, which will run until 2011, has been heavily promoted by the government as an antidote to "Sicknote Britain"."
"Miss Wooltorton had an incurable, emotionally unstable personality disorder and a history of self-harm, and had in the past been sectioned and admitted to Hellesdon Hospital.
At the time of her death she was living in her own home in Hellesdon Close, but was having some treatment from Norfolk and Waveney Mental Trust. She had previously accepted life-saving treatment to flush a toxic alcohol from her system up to nine times in the year before her death."
What of Birmingham ? Their roll out of the IAPT programme - or associated to it is supposed to come on stream with 79 "IAPT" therapists (12 low intensity and 67 High intensity ) but the real issue will be measuring its effectiveness over a few years . The Dept of Health look as if they are almost paranoid about trying to measure it . How do we know ?
Observer Sunday 4th Oct 2009 :
"Iapt is a great idea whose implementation seems to have gone wrong," said David Pink, chief executive officer of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, which has argued for the scheme to be expanded to include more forms of therapy. "Now there is a danger it no longer seems to be improving access to psychological therapies."
Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrats' health spokesman, said it was "utterly outrageous" that the government did not intend to protect the programme's budget. "It will inevitably be curtailed as a result," he said. "The same thing will happen this time round as in the last recession – mental health will lose out because it's an easy target."
What is the real problem with the UK ?
the Dept of Heath remains too overpoweringly centralised in Mental Health matters and the Gov't pay too much heed to big charities like the Sainsbury Centre For Mental Health , Rethink and MIND. These charities are on a stigma-adventure and money spinning exercises that often are rooted in a culture of clever ex civil servants morphing across to the charities and influencing policy far too much . The work orientated CBT therapy recovery plan (much applauded by the charities) for mental health was always top down in its design and not led by a proper culture of GP and patient purchase power of local market tested therapies which could have formed the basis of a growing patient driven culture of experience and practice which GP's could have intelligently noted and shaped over time .. But quicker than the Dep't of Health !
The Patient is still in choice-lockup ..Totally cogged off and unoiled while the evidence shows the big charities have been swilling about in money totally spolied, with stigma ideology that does not uphold real campaigns for patient power of choices of therapy treatments . Varietyless CBT and the like are what exist .
What a waste of lottery money too its all been , £18 - 20 mllion on a class of people at the top Charities that are just better off by skewing vision away into the rigma versions of social engineering and away from bad top down services they actually helped to plan .....User Involvement is perverse and its selective-inclusion only . Patient Choice is not . Its about real need being met for all paces and types .
Stay away from mental health Charity hypnotists and snake charmers .. See the Zerophant and the semi invisible themes you are not supposed to notice ... Be real about need . Wake up . Feel the Zero . Own it .