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Last night I made a pledge.

The crisis in mental health services is no secret. Lives have been lost and ruined. Family and friends left bereft with grief.

We’re told repeatedly lessons have been learnt. But have they?

It’s time to make good trouble about this.

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‘Out of sight, out of mind’ or so the saying goes. That’s how people with severe mental illness were dealt with in my childhood.

The psychiatric hospital, in its forbidding Victorian building, was somewhere you got ‘put away’.

I volunteered there. It was full of misery.

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But how are things now? It’s five decades since I first met people suffering terribly because mental health services ignored them, or abused them.

With all the advances in our understanding of mental health surely things are very different these days?

I wish I could say so.

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In April 1944, the British Army banned use of 'Shell Shock' in favour of 'Battle Exhaustion', implying a more temporary form of affliction & attempt to remove stigma, altho' the old colloquial diagnosis persisted.

Let's look at #MentalHealth. /1

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Over the course of the July the rate per 1,000 of those suffering with Battle Exhaustion markedly increased from 2.5 to 5.63 by 22 July, ultimately representing 21.7 percent of all non-fatal casualties, with most victims blaming persistent mortaring. /2 ImageImage
Improved treatment of psychiatric casualties followed with specialist Rest Centres established in theatre, as did increased allocation of LOB etc to those struggling.

MOs, officers and NCOs were advised to maintain a watchful eye on those most likely to succumb. /3 ImageImageImage
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