Fresh Start

It’s lovely to welcome March in today as I always find Feb particularly challenging. I’ve been highly focused on #selfcare since last June but it all went out the window last month – eating better, sleeping better, writing, drawing, talking, being mindful, radical acceptance and all the other things I’ve poured energy into as part of my recovery just stopped for the month. I suppose I stopped being willing and my wilfullness returned. New month, important awareness day, fresh white blank sheet laid out in front of me and receiving this card a few days ago reminds me it’s time to accept the shit month, forgive myself and forge forwards. I wrote this card to myself on my birthday and then forgot about it – 6 days later I was stupid – I can’t remember a couple of days – for which I’m grateful. This Tues the card dropped through my letter box. I read it and wept -released what I’d held in for 2 weeks. It’s funny how quickly your thought process can change in a matter of days and I’m glad I got to read this letter. A letter written to myself on a day my brain was on my side.

MP calls for Government to do more to address mental health in Portsmouth

Stephen Morgan

Portsmouth MP Stephen Morgan has called for more to be done to support people with mental health services in the city.

This call comes after the revelation that Solent NHS Trust is one of only nine mental health trusts in England to have suffered a year on year decline in its income (in real terms).

The trust, according to new research published this week from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, has seen its income fall from £ 210,139,000 in 2011/12, to £180,675,000 in 2016/17 and has seen its income fall every year since 2012.

Mental health trusts across the country have less money to spend on patient care in real terms than they did in 2012, and there are fears within the sector that some of that money is failing to reach the frontline.

This is despite the Government’s assertion that mental health spending is at “record” levels.

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