Is having just one World Mental Health Day a year enough?

Colin Parish argues that additional long-term funding is crucial to ensure mental health services are as good as they need to be
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The editor of Mental Health Practice argues that additional long-term funding is crucial to ensure mental health services are as good as they need to be

You won’t have missed the fact that Wednesday October 10 is World Mental Health day.

Every year at this time there is a resurgence in interest in mental health, with celebrities ‘coming out’ about their own experiences, piquing the interest of the national media and causing an upsurge of social media activity.

And every year, when the attention has gone, things return to the status quo.

This year will be no different.

Welcome shift in public attitude

Any attempt to raise awareness of mental health problems is laudable, especially as we have seen welcome shifts in the public’s attitudes to mental ill-health in recent years.

‘Even for a wealthy nation such as


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