Sep 262016

As well as general demands for improved rights of disabled people DPAC, Mental Health Resistance Network and Recovery in the bin have drawn up a set of specific demands for Mental Health.

After decades of oppression we believe that disabled people must be afforded self determination from the grass roots level. “Nothing About Us Without Us” must become a reality.

No Longer will we tolerate large disability charities which see us as nothing more than marketable commodities from which to make profits for their own benefit speaking for us and deciding our futures. We expect a Labour Party which claims to support disabled people’s rights to ensure that it is our voices that are listened to and not the empty voices of our oppressors. Without this guarantee DPAC cannot approve of the disability policies of any political party.

DPAC priorities for setting Mental Health  Disability Policies.

We deplore the appropriation of the Recovery Model by statutory services and government departments in order to justify the withdrawal of services and benefits from people who need them. 

Compulsory MH Training for Professionals in Various Fields

  1. Mental health training should be compulsory for all health care professionals, including doctors and nurses, and suicide awareness training should be given to all health care professionals. Such training should be kept up to date.
  2. All Police Forces should have full mental health awareness training, stop using section 136, and acknowledge that custody suites and lock-ups in police cells are not safe places.
  3. Mental health awareness training and crisis awareness training should be available for all teaching staff in primary and secondary schools, and further education institutions.
  4. A person suffering from mental distress should be treated with respect, courtesy, dignity, and consideration at all times as should and their families and friends.

Treatment Changes

 We demand the abolition of forced treatment and Compulsory Treatment Orders (CTOs).

  1. All treatment should be with the full agreement of the person being treated and with their full understanding of the side effects of treatment, both pharmaceutical and psychological.

7.We demand the right to refuse treatment as it is ratified under the United Nations Convention Rights People with Disabilities (UNCRPD)

8.We want recognition of the link between abuse and trauma, and mental distress. The British Psychological Society has already made this link.

9.We demand the recognition that child abuse prevention is also mental distress prevention.

  1. We want the abolition of the medical model of mental distress to be replaced with an acceptance that mental distress is part of the human condition and is a normal response to adverse events and circumstances. Appropriate care and support should be the right for all people suffering from mental distress.
  2. Long term psychological treatments should be provided freely to all who need them and talking therapies should not be restricted to short term interventions. We recognise that not everyone wants talking treatments and this should be respected.
  3. The person experiencing mental distress should decide their care and always have their wishes respected.
  4. There should be a recognition that the use of alcohol and drugs are a form of self medication for many in mental distress. Drugs should therefore be decriminalised.

14.Access to detox and drug rehab programmes should be available to everyone.

15.We demand recognition that many social values that are common place, such as competition being intrinsic to human relationships, are erroneous and cause harm to people’s mental health.

  1. Bereavement counselling should be made available for all children who lose a parent or supporting person. 

Financial Needs – Individual and Other Support

  1. We demand recognition that the WCA and PIP assessment processes are detrimental to people’s mental health and should be scrapped. The money saved by not paying Private Companies to carry out these assessments should be re-invested into better services.
  2. We demand guaranteed financial security and appropriate housing for everyone experiencing mental distress.
  3. No aspect of the social security system should cause distress or deterioration in a claimant’s mental health condition.
  4. Funding should be provided for Crisis Care to be made available for help and support 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
  5. Funding should be made available for the setting up of Crisis Houses as safe spaces. Access to these should be every person’s right and should include ‘sitters’ who will be there to support people throughout these times.
  6. We want hospital beds to be replaced with beds in settings similar to domestic environments.
  7. More provision of services for children and young adults. 1 in 10 children are being denied mental health service support which is having a huge impact on the family and schools.
  8. Concessionary travel passes should be made available to all people living with mental distress to enable independence in the community and to attend appointments with health care professionals, thus aiding mental wellbeing.
  9. We want special support centres for young men who are suicidal and a paradigm shift away from the “norms” which are set as ideals of masculinity and may contribute to the high rate of suicide in young men.

26.Funding should be made available for research into mental health care that is based on a Social Model of mental distress; such funding should at least equal the current amount of money available for pharmaceutical research.

27.We demand the provision of special support for people with mental distress to ensure their children remain with them as a family.

  1. We demand a holistic approach to care – where a person has both a physical and a mental health problem, such impairments should be treated equally with respect and with dignity and with full understanding that a physical impairment can impact on a mental health impairment and vice versa.
  2. We want specialist support to be made available for ALL armed forces veterans who experience mental distress and for housing to be made available to them.
  3. We deplore the underfunding of mental health services in the NHS and the current practice of discharging people with mental health problems from secondary care into primary care where their needs cannot be met. These services should be properly funded.



  1. Any crime against someone with a mental health condition should be treated as a hate crime.
  2. We want an ongoing campaign to end all bullying in schools and work places and within families and general society where such bullying is linked to mental distress.
  3. Action should be taken to end the ongoing discrimination against LGBT people as such discrimination can lead to mental distress.

Further Investigations Needed 

  1. We demand a full investigation into the effects of long term use of psychiatric medications and demand that mental health professionals treat reports of side effects of medication seriously.
  2. We want a full investigation into the appropriateness of the continuous use of medication as the main form of treatment for people in mental distress.


  1. We demand a full public inquiry into the impact on people in mental distress of being detained in Prison Environments.
  2. We want a full investigation into why so many people from BME communities are being diagnosed with a mental health condition.
  3. We want an investigation into the harmful effects of E.C.T.
  4. We demand an inquiry into the success or otherwise of the use of personal budgets for day care provision for people living with mental health problems.
  5. We demand a full public inquiry into the significantly shortened life expectancy of people with mental health conditions and a full report produced with recommendations which should be implemented.


Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)



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  6 Responses to “Asks re- Mental Health from Labour Party”

  1. I currently receive DLA – both the high rate for care and low for mobility. I suffer from lifelong serious mental health problems; diagnosed with Complex PTSD, Psychosis, and a Dissociative Disorder.
    Despite a series of emergency hospital admissions, I have had to take legal action against my local NHS trust just to receive any support at all. The care I now receive is still patchy at best, despite numerous recommendations that I required specialist treatment and home care. I have jumped through the hoops of attending treatments that not only I knew, but the Psychologists and Psychiatrists providing the treatment knew from the outset would be inappropriate. But following the advice of everyone involved in my care, to not take up treatment offered I would be not be in a position to request any further treatment as I would be viewed as non-compliant and difficult. During one of these periods of therapy I became severely Psychotic for the first time in my life, but despite pleas by my therapist to the crisis team for urgent assessment and hospitalisation, I was left with no support or intervention as a single mother in charge of my twin teenage sons. Their exposure to me experiencing Psychotic episodes had a huge impact on their health. Episodes which had me too scared to change clothes, washing with bleach, convinced I was covered in bugs screaming in terror in the middle of the night and unable to complete even the most simple task such as cooking or cleaning without descending rapidly into a severely agitated state. My children, who up to that point I had managed despite my illness to provide a happy and secure childhood were left alone with not a single mental health professional visiting me or them. Then when they in turn needed mental health support, they were also turned away due to cuts in children’s services.
    The idea I might not qualify when I am moved over from DLA to PIP is terrifying.
    That somehow my conditions are less debilitating than a physical illness is beyond laughable. The deterioration of my health whilst living under the care of an NHS mental health service that has been starved to the point of virtual non-existence; has taken me to depths so low I would choose to be instatutionalised rather than continue in my current state with no real hope of treatment or care. There is serious damage being done to people with mental illness left isolated and unchecked by the agencies whose duty it is to protect them, but who seem now unable to even bare look at those in need because of their inability to provide even basic care.
    The idea that all this be further compounded by even greater financial difficulty is not worth imagining.
    Over and over services are cut and denied to those living on a razors edge. The safety nets have all but been removed, for people unable to fight back or even be heard. Perhaps no one sane wants to believe the NHS has fallen so far.
    It feels more and more as if in the last few years, people above have designated the most vulnerable as not worth saving.

  2. I’ve been told Fit to work by WCA, my ESA was stopped six.months ago. I lost appeal at tribunal too. I suffer from depression and post traumatic stress disorder because I was a victim of serious crime. I received a compensation for loss of ability to work by other government agency few years ago. It is ina trust which nobody can say that it is a disposable income and not to be accounted for any means tested benef including ESA. My mental health and physical health have been worse recently. And my DLA Care component gone up to Middle rate, then so was my ESA got disability premium. DWP, Atos, Tribunal are as if said to me that I must live on my compensation but it won’t last long after ESA cut. I was shocked losing appeal and had severe chest infection and worst bout of depression and suicidal thoughts for first time since developed it in 1999. I applied again recently on the ground of my conditions worsened and new type 2 diabetes. I’m shocked about new illness that wished if there wasn’t such pressure and stress. DWP asked me to show statement of trust account which I insisted it won’t matter how much it holds, and is rapidly decreasing. I’m waiting the outcome anxiously. How will I cope if this application rejected too? I haven’t been employed since 2000, and traumatised by last work too….

  3. Either I missed the inclusion of mature adults with Mental health problems, including being suicidal being covered in these proposals. It is a fact that more men from their 40’s upwards have a higher rate of suicide than any other age range. In today’s society, we see more and more disabled adults living in isolation, rejected by society and as a result of benefit cuts, a worsening social stigma, are becoming psychologically affected. I feel that because of my disability and Mental health problem was treated abismally by the Mental Health authorities. I asked for help numerous times and was totally rejected. No one was willing to consider taking into account my disability’s. The constant stress, fear, isolation and lack of NHS support has affected me badly. This surely is not a way to live as normal a life as possible. It is a lower standard of quality than is stated by the human rights act. There is no means of rectifying the situation. Complaining is a waste of time. I would imagine that I am not the only person in this situation. It would be fantastic if the Labour party were to endorse the reckomendations above.

    • As a disabled mature male, I agree. If they, that is the authorities, offer a wheelchair and a ramp to those with mobility issues for access to society, then we too, should be offered assistance to “ramp” into society such a a Medical Aids scheme where we all have a lotto and each of us gets a long short stick and a short, long, thin one to poke the zoo-keepers with. That way our cages would stay clean. As such we all would be able to access the legal aid and support network we deserve, not a disabled persons struggling with the administration (for you know if you get your wording incorrect, there goes your approach to THAT solicitor) and therefore you begin again and lose time, money and inclination as well as give the psychiatrists time to escape under time constraints.

  4. One thing I will say: I have contemplated the nasty. Wearing armbands. I do not compare it wearing a yellow star as per the Nazi regime. If it is connected to an improved regime, then I would contemplate it for the invisible disability. I don’t want a democratic decision. I want the best treatment possible. It is the wrong model to use to look at possible discrimination because of….I think anyway. Possibly. Matbe its the forced medication talking. I am JUST off my CTO after a decade of forced medication.


  5. Oh – MY FRIENDS!!! You Beauties!! Anything I can do? This is Sooo important.

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