Society response to mental health consultation urges Government to be inclusive

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That’s the argument the Society of Homeopaths is putting to the Government in its response to a fresh consultation on mental health services in the UK.

The Government green paper Transforming children and young peoples’ mental health provision focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

In its response to the consultation, the Society underlined that “a very large percentage” of the world’s population depends upon various forms of complementary and alternative medicine and therapeutic aid, yet “most international organisations and governments so far have failed to include such therapies in their mental health programmes and policies, which we feel is a mistake.”

“Like most observers of health and medicine today, homeopaths do not believe that there is simply one reason for the increase in mental illness,” the Society said. “As experienced professionals, we can play a role in identifying mental health needs at an early stage.”

The Society is supporting proposals put forward by the Government including the creation of a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams and encouraging each school and college to appoint a designated lead for mental health

Alison Fixsen, the Society’s Research Officer, said a recent report by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and the Royal Society for Public Health had outlined how RSHoms and others on accredited registers support the public’s health.

“The Society of Homeopaths is the only homeopaths register accredited by the PSA,” Alison said. “There are nearly 80,000 healthcare professionals on accredited registers in the UK, representing a huge workforce with potential to make a significant contribution to promoting and protecting the public’s physical and mental health.”

The Society response to the mental health consultation may be found in the members area of this website under support/campaigns.
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Homeopathy has a “significant part” to play in helping young people cope with mental illness but it is currently under-used in the NHS.

That’s the argument the Society of Homeopaths is putting to the Government in its response to a fresh consultation on mental health services in the UK.

The Government green paper Transforming children and young peoples’ mental health provision focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

In its response to the consultation, the Society underlined that “a very large percentage” of the world’s population depends upon various forms of complementary and alternative medicine and therapeutic aid, yet “most international organisations and governments so far have failed to include such therapies in their mental health programmes and policies, which we feel is a mistake.”

“Like most observers of health and medicine today, homeopaths do not believe that there is simply one reason for the increase in mental illness,” the Society said. “As experienced professionals, we can play a role in identifying mental health needs at an early stage.”

The Society is supporting proposals put forward by the Government including the creation of a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams and encouraging each school and college to appoint a designated lead for mental health

Alison Fixsen, the Society’s Research Officer, said a recent report by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) and the Royal Society for Public Health had outlined how RSHoms and others on accredited registers support the public’s health.

“The Society of Homeopaths is the only homeopaths register accredited by the PSA,” Alison said. “There are nearly 80,000 healthcare professionals on accredited registers in the UK, representing a huge workforce with potential to make a significant contribution to promoting and protecting the public’s physical and mental health.”

The Society response to the mental health consultation may be found in the members area of this website under support/campaigns.

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