NUS Scotland recently signed up to the #Equality4MentalHealth campaign which calls for better investment in mental health services across the UK.
Equality for Mental Health calls for equality between mental and physical health. The campaign aims are to reduce the harm experienced by people accessing mental health services while studying and in the wider sector through sustained funding.
Equality for Mental Health highlights ten concerns around access to treatment, waiting times, and research into mental health conditions and treatment. The campaign asks supporters to sign a petition which so far has wide ranging support from celebrities, members of Parliament, heads of industry, medical professionals, religious leaders and sportspersons.
Within the concerns- a prevalence of mental health conditions being trivialised or de-prioritised over other conditions is also questioned. There is also a call to probe the treatment of those living with mental health conditions- particularly those who may live with a disability or those from certain ethnic groups- and address health inequalities faced by individuals accessing treatment. Statistics highlighted suggest that people with long-term mental health conditions live on average 20 years less than the general population.
The campaign also addresses the overarching issue of funding for mental health treatment. We are currently seeing longer waiting lists in health care services and student support services which has been linked to overstretched resources where mental health is the first to lose out.
The campaign is national and was launched by an ambassador of Time to Change, Alastair Campbell, former Liberal Democrat mental health advisor Norman Lamb and the former Conservative cabinet minister, Andrew Mitchell.
You can read more about NUS joining the campaign on the main NUS Website here .