Response to the evaluation of the Time to Change programme in England 2008-2011

Release Date: 04 April 2013

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

Simon Lawton-Smith, Head of Policy at the Mental Health Foundation, responds to the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London’s Evaluation of the Time to Change programme in England 2008-2011:

“Historically the relationship between mental health professionals and people with a mental illness has frequently been very one-sided, with service users having little or no voice. There has been a significant shift over the past few years with the development of person-centred care, and a move away from a purely medical model of care. However this new research suggests there is still some way to go before people with mental health problems are truly equal partners in their care.

Part of the discrimination stems from mental health care having a low status within the wider health care field. This stigmatises and discriminates against staff working in mental health. We need to do more to raise the status of mental health care to attract the best quality staff. We also need to highlight the essential work staff do on a daily basis to help hundreds of thousands people recover from episodes of mental illness and contribute fully to family, social and economic life.”