In the Herald this morning another trade union, oh OK professional group, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, makes a case for more funding.
There has been according to them a 19.5% increase in cases since 1997/1998.
Without spending forever searching, I can’t tell you how staffing has increased over those 23 years but there was, for example an 11.1% increase in the number of all professional groups working in mental health in just two years between 2013 and 2015.
Once more the journalism is passive, thin.
I’ve introduced this idea before:
What real journalists used to do in Scotland (Ian Bell) and a few at the Guardian (George Monbiot) still do, is ‘pull the curtain back‘ or ‘lift the rug.’ to question what is happening here.
For example, Stanley Kutcher, writing in the Independent in 2018, says:
If the media coverage is to be believed, we are drowning in a sea of mental illness that threatens to overwhelm post-secondary institutions. The call then is for more pills, more therapy, more of everything, including more panic. Perhaps it’s time for some sober critical analysis.
Referring to research by psychologists, he suggests that we are increasingly pathologising normal life and that, for example, negative emotions are often necessary for normal development – healthy.
Anyone with a borderline Marxist understanding will also recognise that this is capitalist psychiatry, driven perhaps subconsciously to grow constantly, widening the market and attracting ever greater budgets with, of course, commensurate rewards for top professionals.
As for solving the real extent of mental health problems, where is, in this so-called journalism, consideration of the possibility that just spending more is just a sticking plaster strategy, ignoring the deeper cause – inequality.
Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett in the Spirit Level, show how more unequal and of course more market-oriented societies, the is apparently a greater prevalence of mental illness.
Once more this Herald reporting is just so lightweight and superficial it might have been designed to suit the minds of those averse to change, especially constitutional change.