If someone were to break their leg and instead of being treated as an emergency, these people are left for months on end and often receive no treatment at all, we would quite rightly be outraged.
But the same is true of thousands of adults and children who have reported having mental health issues - many with suicidal thoughts - are put on endless waiting lists.
Lack of treatment leads to lose of hope and people deteriorating – a cost on society far higher than any bureaucratic weighting of the worthwhileness of investment in proper mental health care.
Worse than this, we hear of stories of people taking their own lives due to disregard for heath our mental care is showing.
For too long we have heard the mantra of “Parity of esteem” is parroted by politicians with no real significant difference in services or priorities.
It is thought that 1 in 4 people will suffer from poor mental health and a study at the start of this month (July 2019) MIND survey found 14% of young people say their mental health is poor or very poor.)
Surely something must be done to remedy this?
I have personally suffered from depression arising from a traumatic event, but with the help of the NHS, friends and family I am doing ok.
But others aren’t so lucky.
I want to see a lasting change in mental health services, so those who need care are given it with the urgency and compassion they need so desperately.
Anything less is political virtue signalling and not the change we seek.