Mental Health Funding – Working or Wasted? A Documentary by Matt Joy.
This documentary examines whether the promises made by the government to increase Mental Health Funding are being seen by those that need it most in the front-line. I explore the opinions of those in government, those working in the public sector and those who have felt the reality of Mental Health issues and how they feel they were treated. Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to end the stigma around Mental Health, so I have set out to see whether this stigma has indeed been addressed.
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With Mental Health Funding one of the biggest domestic issues that successive governments are currently facing, we are increasingly seeing more media attention focusing to the amount of investment being seen in this area. Initial research suggested that although progress has been made, a lot more needs to be done to ensure that services are able to keep up with the additional demand.
As the stigma is falling in 2017, we are seeing more people than ever speaking up and asking for help to deal with their own personal demons. Critics have claimed that cuts to public sector funding have left the service ill prepared to deal with the increased demand for services. However, the government have claimed that their own policies and further investment have ensured that the NHS is able to cope with this additional demand for services.
In this documentary, I seek to find out whether the funding is being seen on the frontline, whether the direction of the policy is suitable and whether more needs to be done in order to ensure an effective and beneficial service for all those who use it.