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· Miranda Wolpert, Head of the new Mental Health Priority Area at Wellcome, examines the problem areas with addressing mental health and why we don't need a "cure," but rather a framework to help those who are struggling.
· What are the problems with using the term "cure" when discussing mental health? Is there a "cure" for those struggling with their mental health? How can we advocate for a system to support those who are struggling?
As Head of the new Mental Health Priority Area at Wellcome I am in charge of finding best ways of using £200 million over the next five years to help "transform outcomes for those with mental health difficulties: starting with depression and anxiety in youth”. On starting in my new role last month, I sought views on whether using a language of seeking “cure “for depression and anxiety might be a helpful focus.
168 of you responded to a brief survey. It was clear from your votes that “cure” was a problematic term for many, particularly those with lived experience. As part of the survey there was an opportunity to add more detailed comments. 82 people took the time to share their thoughts. Having read all of these very insightful comments, I think it is helpful to share these in full, so everyone’s voice is heard.
Four key themes seemed to me to emerge in relation to using the term “cure” in terms of :
- Fit with experience of mental health difficulties
- Ambition for the mental health field
- Stigma in mental health
- Hope for those with mental health difficulties
Read the full article about mental health by Miranda Wolpert at LinkedIn.