Mentally ill children locked in police cells due to budget cuts
The National Police Cheif Council figures NPCC figures surgest that 161 under 18s with mental health issues are being detained in police cells due to hospital shortages.
This is after government funding to children's mental health budget to tackle overstretched mental health services.
Stigma attached to Mental health
The stigma attached to mental health issues is very prevalent in today’s society, and more so in the workplace, employees feel comfortable with illness if its the flu or vomiting, or migraine, but when it comes to mental health issues, people are more inclined to keep quite about it, as they don’t want to be seen as mentally ill, in any way. According to an article in times online a survey was carried out by a national charity, ‘Shaw Trust’ on thousand people and it found that “18.3% would not reveal a condition to their HR dept, and only 17.9% would reveal an illness to a colleague”.
This is quite a low figure, which clearly shows the stigma attached to Depression and mental illness, from mild to severe. This is mainly due to it being perceived as a weakness, and in our current climate, of redundancies, and business closures, employees don’t want to be seen as weak, in case managers may see this as a flaw and therefore think you are unable to carry out your job as normal. see more