Mark Winstanley describes the quiet revolution that is transforming care for those with mental illness, while Dr Patrick Roycroft and Dr Sarajane Aris call for more compassion-based psychological help
In the 1970s, cancer was stigmatised and support was underfunded. We have come a long way since then – albeit with road still left to travel. A key factor in this turn of fortune was hope that things could be a lot better for people living with cancer. That hope is often missing from discussions on mental health. But it is there.
You are right to flag some key issues in mental health in your editorial (The Guardian view on mental health: this emergency requires a response, 12 April). We are still some way off parity of esteem, there are problems in ensuring that the workforce is in place to meet demand, and there are genuine concerns about the prevalence of severe mental illness in young adults. But what the editorial didn’t mention was that there is a quiet revolution under way, led by the NHS and supported by the charity sector and public bodies, to transform community mental health services.