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#wordsdontcount in Healthcare

by Words Don't Count category: Health

“We're telling our prospective Government: We want mental health put on par with physical health- NOW! #wordsdontcount http://thndr.it/1xuov6Z

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This campaign ended on April 02, 2015 at 8PM

Our Thunderclap message will be sent out at 8:00PM, April 2nd. This has been moved from 8AM.

Despite the great efforts of many via petitions and campaigns "our Government is still not putting mental health where it needs to be, on an equal footing with physical health".

Please join in and sign up for the #wordsdontcount Thunderclap event, it only takes a moment and will help spread the message, "we want to see mental health services on par with physical healthcare".

You can easily sign up using your Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr account (red buttons above) by doing so all of your followers and friends will be sent just one message on April 2nd, 8:00PM to help spread the word, #wordsdontcount. We will speak out, together.

Signing up:

Upon going to sign up you may notice an automated message come up stating that your authorisation is needed for Thunderclap to access your account and following. If you have any concerns about 'why' please refer to the FAQ's, but please remember to come back to the #wordsdontcount campaign if you would like to sign.

https://www.thunderclap.it/faq 

April 2nd, is day 1 of the Live Debates leading up to the General Election 2015, let's send our prospective Government an open message, as we stand united.

What else can you do?

After signing up to thunderclap you can also send policy and decision makers a tweet letting them know that you back the #wordsdontcount campaign.

Here are the account links ready for you:

@Number10gov @DHgovuk @NHSEngland

'Parity of Esteem' in Healthcare

'Parity of esteem' means tackling mental health issues with the same energy and priority as we have tackled physical illness. It is about putting mental health funding, commissioning, training, research and development on par with physical health spend and health services.

It is about changing the experience for people who require help with mental health problems. 'Parity of esteem' in healthcare means that we are working toward valuing mental health equally with physical health.

Join in and sign up! Please help us by adding your voice to this thunderclap event, use the red buttons above to sign up with your preferred social media platform.

Stigma

Parity of esteem in healthcare means so much more than just tackling the 'money' issues, this is about tackling the 'attitude' behind 'why' mental health is not currently given the same 'credence'. Until mental health and physical healthcare are considered 'equal' we can assume that there is much work to do.

Promises, promises...

‘Amidst’ the promise of ‘Parity’ in healthcare are you tired of hearing about cuts within mental health services, resources being withdrawn, closures of units or services that were actually serving you and many others very well?

Why aren't we being heard?

Have you been troubled by the lack of ‘voice’ that we have as National Health Service, NHS users?

So many campaigners, so little change...

It appears that the many campaigners, larger influences like Mind, independent campaigners and voluntary led projects like Words Don't Count can be likened to hundreds of dots, thousands if you count every voice.

…It is time to join the dots.

If you are tired of ‘words’, please sign up to the 'Thunderclap', by doing so you will become a change activist, together we will become strong.

On April 2nd, 2015, at 8:00PM GMT, we will speak out with one voice to demand that mental health is prioritised and placed (at the very least) on par, with physical health. We will be letting our prospective Government know that we need action now- "Words Don't Count".

Join in and sign up! Please help us by adding your voice to this thunderclap event, use the red buttons above to sign up with your preferred social media platform.

If, you are tired of ‘words’, please use the hashtag #wordsdontcount to let our government know that ‘actions speak louder than words’. We need to see investment, not cuts..

A brilliant champion for 'Parity of Esteem' is the Rt Hon Norman Lamb.

Norman Lamb, MP spoke about parity of esteem on 19 June 2013
Royal College of Psychiatrists – ‘Parity in Action’ event

This is part of what he said:

"..by placing a lesser value on mental health, we get less value from the NHS as a whole.

We don’t just need to improve mental health services, we need to change how people think about mental health. Only then will we change how people behave, how they prioritise, how they spend their time, their energy and their money, so that mental health is truly ‘on a par’ with physical health."

Making mental health services more effective and accessible:

"Poor mental health is the largest cause of disability in the UK. It’s also closely connected with other problems, including poor physical health and problems in other areas like relationships, education and work prospects. If we want to improve these aspects of people’s lives, we’ll need to make improvements to mental health and wellbeing."

Policy (first published) 25 March 2013

Here's an excerpt taken from an email we recently sent to all main Party Leaders, via Mind Charity. You can see the full content of the email and sign up, it only takes a couple of minutes, is easy to do and will reach the inbox of our Leaders.

"Attitudes towards mental health are beginning to change. Politicians, the media, the public, and the Government are giving more attention to mental health than ever before. But the fact is that right now, mental health services are on their knees and hundreds of thousands of people are being failed by the NHS. The statistics speak for themselves"

You can see the shocking statistics here.

On April 2nd, 2015, at 8:00PM we will speak out with one voice to demand that mental health is prioritised and placed (at the very least) on par, with physical health. We will be telling our prospective Government that we need action now- "Words Don't Count"

How to get involved

Please sign up to our Thunderclap event, it takes a couple of minutes to do and Thunderclap will do the rest, by doing so you will become a change activist, together we become strong.

What else can you do?

After signing up to thunderclap you can also send policy and decision makers a tweet letting them know that you back the #wordsdontcount approach to getting things done!

Here are the account links ready for you:

@Number10gov @DHgovuk @NHSEngland


  • We've 'Tipped'...

    March 23, 2015
    We would like to thank all of you who have signed up so far to make the #wordsdontcount campaign sucessful.

    We hit our 100% 'goal' earlier today, although have to tell you that we set, what we believe to be, a conservative target, to test for interest.

    The response has been encouraging so far, we are going to keep sharing and we hope that you can help us with that, either way, you are part of this movement and we thank you warmly.

    On April 2nd, 8am our thousands of tweets and posts (yours included) will flood social media. We hope that the #wordsdontcount momentum will carry through as we share using the hashtag.

    If you would like any more information about the campaign or would like to promote it further please take a look at the website.

    or you can paste this link into your tweets, FB posts and Tumblr posts too, here it is:

    http://thndr.it/1FuWT8C

    We have been asked what political party we back, we continue to advise that we are an 'apolitical' campaign, we do not back openly any particular political party within this movement.

    The message is simple, whomever is elected, know this:

    "#wordsdontcount, we need to see significant improvement in mental health services and of course that includes the peripheral services supporting the infrastructure of rehabilitation and preventative care; such as carers support, staff support, housing and so on. It's not rocket science, mental wellness is important in order for us to thrive as a country. Mental health difficulty has a negative impact on physical health, not investing in mental healthcare is an act of ignorance and a non sense. We need to move towards parity of esteem in healthcare."

    We wish you all the very best and thank you again for your support.

    Rosalind
    Words Don't Count




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We are individuals who care deeply about mental health wellness. We are campaigning to bring mental health services on par with physical health services. Please join us as we tell our Government we need action- NOW! #wordsdontcount

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