Can today’s crisis in mental health be seen as the result of neoliberalism? We asked the panelists to reflect on the aftermath of the 2007/08 financial crisis and the austerity policies which followed, but then to engage with how the slashing of expenditure on public services and increase in private debt has been met with questions around whether these factors are exacerbating mental health problems.
The mental health of young women and girls is deteriorating, and the gap between men and women has widened over recent years. As the evidence section in this paper will show, the last 15 years have seen an unprecedented rise in reported mental health problems amongst young women and girls. We now see their needs reaching crisis levels.
Written by Sarah Carr and Peter Beresford, Social Policy First Hand is the first comprehensive international social policy text from a participatory perspective. It presents a new service user-led social policy that addresses the current challenges in welfare provision. A companion volume to ‘All our welfare’, it introduces the voices of different groups of service users, starting from their lived experience.
The Mental Health Resistance Network presents SolidariTEA at the Field in Pckham, on1st Feb 2018. It’s a spoken word event featuring the phenomenal Tara Fleur, Woman of Bones. Tara will also be showing her Digital Art, and bringing Friends Made of Bones. Tara identifies as a survivor, and has recently returned to work in the NHS after 17 years of bohemian living. Her work is redolent with passion, bitingly satirical and searingly funny. Please share, and come if you can! It’s gonna be awesome!