Mental Health in London

4 months ago (10:09 PM)
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There is so much stress, put on young people at school and not all young people can cope with this. They end up leaving school and sometimes going, onto work and develping, if they haven't already, with a mental hwalth problem. So less stress would be good.

Emily Braun

Donnamay, I agree with you but in our times there is so much informational, working and environmental pressure on people, more that it ever have been. We don't have time to keep pace with all tasks and obligations we have. The good news that besides people with mental health problems there people who learn how to fight against this pressure making the most important choice for them even if the choice is connected with leaving school or university. But not many of them make this choice for work and developing. This article says that students who work don't even have time for their homework assignments but they understand the importance of receiving education against leaving it at all. But the problems of quality of education and ability of mental health problem are still there.


Lack of work / life balance is an issue. With 24 hour technology people are being expected to work longer and longer hours for less. This leads to burnout and can trigger mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.


I work at the front line on MH services for the NHS and I can safely say that there are a number of factors impacting upon Londoners mental Health. Its can be anything from high levels of stress, poor work/life balance, debt, poor social facilities and a lack of access to appropriate support when it is required. A very large number of people are working very long hours to make ends meet which not only negatively affects their physical health, it impacts upon mental health. It is often such people who have a poor work/life balance due to responsibilities of paying the bills, which keep rising might I add, and so their first point of call for support begins break down. The individual begins to feel isolated, overwhelmed and unable to cope. This very often leads to alcohol and drug misuse as a means to escape the stress and emotional pain. And to add further to the mix of difficulties, local MH services are full and bursting at the seams with patients, some still waiting to be seen after 6-8 weeks by a psychiatrist. Adding fuel to fire further is the poor provision on psychological therapies. The IAPT services rolled out across the country have been successful however, on many occasions the need for secondary psychological services has an 18 month wait and patients end up on a revolving door into mental health services. There is a real need for secondary level psychological therapies that are accessible without the need for a referral into local community mental health teams. Mental health services and attitudes towards them really do need to change across the board for a healthier London


Has anyone been looking at the problems with SLAM specificially the Streatham Hub and the IAPT service having been under their care for over six months they have done their best to argue they can't support me and requests that appointments with a therapist at my local GP surgery and in the afternoon (to accomodate another condition) mean I'm specialist beyond their help. They refuse to give the recommended number of treatment sessions as recommended by nice which is 18-22 instead only offering 6, and that was cancelled under 3. I can't go to another mental health trust and I have evidence of serious procedural irregularities. Complaints are lodged but all the time people like me aren't getting treated and I've gone from looking for work to being signed off sick because of the stress and they fail to implement their own complaints policy. They are failing the people of Lambeth, who else?


Public Awareness Campaigns about mental health would help challenge stigma and raise awareness


id like the stigma to move from the victim "mental health disordered person"
to the abuser: the cause

if one lives in an environment conducing to the development of mental health
disorders, we are humans not robots, there is unlikely any chance to escape
from developing that condition

it's almost like having a flu and putting the stigma on the patient not the virus

there's countless reasons why i don't go out more often

we are supposed to be happy walking down the street barely 1 m away from

a big improvement to the quality of life could be made by looking at cars simply

give protagonism to people not cars,

pedestrianize a number of streets

improve the quality of highly polluted roads, and highly stressful

look at cars and bear it in mind in any area redevelopments

let's remember we are humans not machines yet we live in cities
which prioritize the circulation of machines

let's put the stigma on the machines


It upset me a great deal when I hear people suffering from various mental illness which includes depression in youngsters.

People are indeed under a huge amount of pressure particularly with their education and going issue of going off to a university. University is all about the fees for the Government hence the reporting on the news of overly happy school children who have passed their exams with high grades opening the doors to a University. THIS CRUEL PRESSURE MUST STOP. Most careers do not require a university degree.

In addition, Mother Nature is mostly void from our human environment making our surroundings visually very bleak, this has profound affect on peoples minds. However, many councils are reluctant to make their boroughs a walking garden.

Also, loneliness is increasing along with our population, people who are hiding themselves away start to become even more fearful of the world and end up suffering with depression. We need each area in London to be helped by the Mayor of London to become more cultural with free events and activities where people of all ages can start to feel they are part of a community and not alone in the world.