The 14th September's Echo contained the supplement 'A to Z of Mental Health' ', but unsuprisingly the cuts and deterioration of our services - Inpatient and Day services - get's no mention, althouch 'C' is for Child and 'D' is for Drugs. As far as my opinion extends, C. D. is for Cruel Deceipt, of all mental health service users for over 11 years with consistent, deliberate misrepresentation. from the athorities, i.e. the Government, NHS Wales, The Health Boards and even the managers of our services. Every 'consultation' has been a joke, with no service user groups on the list of the 72 consultees used by our government. "We know what's best for you" continues to be the only policy for the mentally ill, and other patients in general. Poorly qualifed, inexperienced, over-paid, egotistical and uncaring men and women, DO NOT know what is best, yet they continue to occupy senior public positionss and make cuts to our services, whilst insulting our intelligence with fatuous comments that the service will be fit 'for purpose' - their purpose of course - to save money. The need for mental health services is increasing with the growing population, none so dramatic as the exponential growth in the elderly and the Elderley Mentally Infirm. These poor unsuspecting people have been the first of the 'cuts' list, with the only Elderley MentallyInfirm home, Bryneithin, and the only Rehab centre Pen-yr-Ynys in the whole of the Vale of Glamorgan being scheduled for closure, regardless of need. No 'Needs Assessment' has been carried out, yet, the paid lackies at the Cardiff and Vale Mental Health Project, have the gall to deny the closure of Pen-yr-Ynys. in the face of written proof. .
Now we are told that "Recovery is the best model to follow" although no one has defined what the blazes this is supposed to mean. The dictionary defines 'Recovery' is 'A full return to the proper state of health, strength, stability', but this definition does NOT apply to the 'Recovery Approach' provided by our old 'friend' Phil Chick. As the article also says that acute mental illnesses, such as Bi-Polar Manic Depression and Schizophrenia have 'no cure' so, how are patients to achieve the dictionary definition of 'Recovery' ?
The facts remain that it is increasingly difficult to access services that are ( remotely ) adequate for need. For these eleven years, Mr Chick and his colleagues have consistently misled us whilst methodically reducing the numbers of beds, day services and access to mental health services. In my opinion. Mr Chick ( who used to be the Government's Director of Mental Health ) has - in my opinion - yet to find the true level of his abilities,being a classic exampleof 'The Peter Principle'. Many patients I know say "I'm now in Recovery" yet, sadly fall ill again as regularly as before. The only difference is that now they are denied the inpatient care that thier illness treatment demands. So 'R' is actually for 'Rhetoric' - defined in the same ditionary as "fine-sounding, but insincere and meaningless".