It is strange indeed, in our times of unprecedented personal and national debt, austerity, and NHS crisis that our government’s main priority is our mental health.
And this is a ‘cross-party, cross-society consensus’.
But this massive concern for our happiness and so called ‘mental’ health may be anything but altruistic.
As mental services are run by private companies increasingly taken over by US venture capital backed multinationals like UHS and Acadia.
They own Cygnet , Cambian and the Priory hospitals, ‘community living’ and increasingly special needs schools.
The inadequacy of these services and fates of service users can be read in my blog posts.
Mental services are the most lucrative part of our NHS.
Earlier this year The Mental Health Taskforce made recommendations;
‘Public attitudes towards mental health are improving, and there is a growing commitment among communities, workplaces, schools and within government to change the way we think about it. There is now a cross-party, cross-society consensus on what needs to change and a real desire to shift towards prevention and transform NHS care’.
Supported by Teresa May here in her address to the Charity Commission most charities are now created and/or supported by the government otherwise they cease to exist.
And the media full of mental health awareness.
But contrast this with the appalling reality of our mental services, effectively diagnose, lock up and drug with outcomes of terrible physical side effects and even death.
See this lady’s account of the treatment of her daughter
And see CQRs of Mental Hospitals in later post
We are told a quarter of us suffer from a mental disorder in silence.
But how do the establishment know we do ?
It continues to pay for reports confirming this is the case, here is one in October 2017
And, even those merely assumed to be ‘at risk’ of a mental disorder are harvested.
‘Local communities will be supported to develop effective Mental Health Prevention plans for those at risk’
‘Those at risk’ are the old, poor, pregnant, minority groups, teenagers and children, 4 in 10 of whom, suffer from a diagnosable disorder.
This is conduct control with 375 conduct disorders created by the USA DSM to choose from.
Our ‘mental’ health is rarely out of the news.
Read here how any behaviour can be assessed as ‘abnormal’ by experts and result in MHA sectioning loss of liberty without a hearing, enforced medication and damage to physical, mental and work and family life.
And blogs for parents and teenagers have been created as have new charities , soap stories and TV documentaries.
Admissions of children to mental hospitals has risen to 42% 2015/16, mainly for ‘anxiety’ but could this also be because all new admissions are to private hospitals paid up to £12,500 a week by the NHS.
More children than ever are receiving off label anti psychotics for ADHD, ASD, bipolar etc
Three temper tantrums a week, negativity, irritability and anger would qualify a child to be labelled with disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
Teenagers, particularly girls are suffering and at risk.
All national media continually covers the epidemic.
As at September 2017 all media, and more reports battered us with the fact that more money must be spent yet over a fifth of our NHS budget is spent on mental services.
Pernicious propaganda is all over social media , normal words used are discouraged, reality distorted and even ‘feminism’ used see here
Natasha Bevan, co founder of Body Gossip set up in 2014, providing self- esteem and mental health courses in our schools.
She was appointed Mental Health Campion, and produced a report that 1 in 3 school teens have mental health disorders.
She purports to act for them, and their families, demanding similar courses, to those, her organisation provides in all schools. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natasha_Devon
Who approves such courses, on what basis, and why are they deemed education ?
Body Gossip, is a registered charity, but the Charity Commission, does not reveal details of their accounts.
The two trustees appear to be a research academic sociologist and a psychologist
Ms Bevan was sacked as Campion/Tsar, just before she released her report, appeared on Channel 4 news this week, and, was featured in national press, complaining government were not taking this issue seriously.
All good PR both for the government agenda and her organisation .
UK’s first Professor of Mental Health has been appointed by Oxford Brookes University so mental health is becoming embedded into education .
So social need and distress, being a teenager and even childhood are made a commodity for expensive NHS ‘treatment’.
Already a quarter of a million of our children, are being treated for supposedly ‘mental’ issues
Why, how ?
And Hunt declares childrens mental health services are underfunded
But is it not very harmful to declare children on their conduct mentally disordered and label them for life so even more profit can be made ?
A bankrupt NHS funds ’emotional wellbeing’ in 45 schools in Sheffield with a private SHSC company commissioning all mental services.
Read here, the tragic stories of the teenagers who committed suicide because of their antidepressant medication.
Even the homeless are hounded on the national news, not to be housed as there is no profit in that but to be assessed for mental ‘disorders’.
Since release of The Taskforce Report, there has been an explosion of mental health issues in all media, mental disorders are everywhere- students over top up fees, academics, Brexit
A terrifying, judgmental denormalisation of natural concerns, research dubious totalitarian push, to create a sinister, insidious, mental epidemic, resulting in a dangerous, unprecedented, unchecked revolution in health and social care, and the state’s control of the individual’s behaviour, medication, social interactions and health for profit.
A market is being created. And is more likely, to be based on self interest, rather than concern and paternalism, and who will protect the vulnerable ?
Big Pharma is behind it all and doctors show 80% of their ‘results’ are manipulated.http://www.naturalnews.com/055752_Big_Pharma_medical_research_science_fraud.html#ixzz4NzZQmOkt
Citizens, teenagers and children can be mentally labelled, for often normal emotions or reactions to our dire, isolating, ruthless society, and poor education system.
And the state and its many agents and on message citizens are tasked to survey and judge our mental health and decide what ‘normal’ behaviour is.
To enable this, we are told the stigma of mental health has been removed, allowing us like Alistair Campbell, Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax, the Royal family and soap characters to discuss our ‘mental’ problems.
And provide a privatised NHS with potentially 16 million customers, not including those ‘at risk, who may never suffer this subjective mental issue.
In all major areas campaigns and community groups have been put in place to purportedly help our mental wellbeing but serve to harvest captive customers.
We even are told we have a Human Right to good mental health.
So what might be the real reason for our government and now a cross party, cross society concern ?
Already 22.8% of the NHS spend is on mental services, compared to 15.9% for cancer and 16.2% for cardiovascular disease.
NHS England spent £8.5bn in 2013-14 and an estimated £8.62bn in 2014-15.
And the government is investing a further £1bn a year to deliver the mental health taskforce’s recommendations
So private/charitable mental services, can get their hands on over a quarter of the total NHS budget.
It will make them happy, but what about us What do we get for this 9 billion a year spend ?
Yet the Mental Health Taskforce’s Report did nothing to change our 30 year +, deplorable mental services except to provide more counsellors, liason officers and suicide prevention teams to harvest customers.
And alarmingly, but is not surprising, in view of the governments connections to the pharmaceutical industry.
This expensive transformation relies on the increased use of anti-psychotics and mood stabilising drugs.
As The Taskforce states;
‘ There has been a transformation in mental health over the last 50 years. Advances in care, the development of anti-psychotic and mood stabilising drugs’
‘Prevention and Transform NHS care ‘ would appear a barely veiled push, to spend money seeking out, as many as possible- old, children, teenagers to drug, even though some of these people are only at risk.
Social medicalisation .
As excepting for vigilance in every part of society, unethically treating those deemed ‘at risk’ who might never develop a ‘mental’ disorder, and the use of more anti-psychotics and anti depressants nothing has changed..
Mental health, as an asset light service with few measurable, let alone measured outcomes, is already the most lucrative part of the NHS.
And as our present deplorable services graphically illustrate, throwing money, now already 22.8% of NHS budget at mental health, without accountability and measured outcomes has already proved disastrous but very profitable.
See the recycled profits of St Andrews Healthcare allowing its chief a £375,000 salary in 2010.
One autistic boy’s ‘care’ is worth £12,500 a week
Yet all this public money has not improved the patients quite the reverse, they, particularly the autistic, are being made much much worse, institutionalised for life and dying in swarms.
A corporate state monopoly service’s duty, is to sustainability and profit, recycled or not, and successful treatment can be counter productive, if there is no competition and effectively no regulation.
No one knows how our minds work and without measured control based outcomes, psychiatry and psychology are effectively Emperors Clothes and conjecture.
See the Myth of Mental Illness written by a psychiatrist of 50 years standing.
Any deterioration can be blamed on the ‘disorder’ per se , used to validate the ‘disorder’, maintain and increase ‘treatment’ and therefore profit.
The side effects of medicalisation is well reported but hidden- anti-psychotics can cause psychosis and seizures, antidepressants suicide and ever worsening depression.
Which is labelled ‘treatment resistance’ and further medicalised.
And how can the consumer complain, or sue, as unlike USA we do not have an insurance based/contractual causes of action.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals
Each disorder can be treated with a ‘magic bullet’ drug that is why the pharmaceutical industry largely created them and promotes the manual.
The Manual opens with a four-page colour spread of different drugs listed under trade names.
And these ‘disorders’ can usefully, be attributed to different facets of a pathological, or development disorder ie Autism can lead to diagnoses of ADHD,OD,OCD,..
Research by charities and Universities paid for by government give flesh to the latest created ‘disorder’.
Self harm, as a separate disorder, was unheard of, and bi polar/manic depression was a severe mental condition of psychotic highs and lows, but is now extended by government funded research to mood swings.
Autism and learning disability have been similarly widen by adeptive and ever vaguer assessment criteria and then made mental disorders in MHA 2009.
There have even been recent suggestions for the creation of a radicalism disorder Mentalising not just social, but political dissidence.
ADHD, Autism, Behaviour Disorders are diagnosed in children. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/28/books/review/adhd-nation-alan-schwarz.html?ref=oembed&_r=0
The very serious side effects of medication are ignored.
And often treated with a different magic bullet.
GPs, and psychiatrists are paid by prescription and intervention and are employees under strict codes of conduct, in now a commercially aware industry, and often forced to ignore or subvert ‘ First do no harm’.
The eventual monopoly privatisation of mental health services will boost our economic growth but at a huge cost to the deficit.
And to truth, individual autonomy and the nation’s sanity.