Paul Farmer

'Stop shying away... be kind, compassionate, listen and don’t judge'.
More people are having “life-saving” conversations about their mental health - but men and older people are far less likely
'No parent should feel helpless when watching their child suffer'.
Read more on The Huffington Post Theresa May has declared that “mental health problems are everyone’s problem” as she unveiled
For too long, people with mental health problems have had to put up with patchy services. NHS mental health services have been underfunded for decades and now, as demand for services rises, the signs of strain are obvious. Unsurprisingly, then, the three big priorities that came out of the consultation were: access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place; better integration of mental health and physical health services so that people are treated as a whole person regardless of where in the NHS they are being treated; and prevention, so that we help to stop people developing mental health problems in the first place.
A damning independent report today warns mental health care has been long-neglected and “chronically underfunded”. A taskforce
We need to get to the point that men feel as at ease talking about their mental health as they would a broken arm. We need to help men equate seeking help not with weakness, but with doing something that shows courage and strength. It is, after all, profoundly brave to face up to something as stigmatised as a mental health problem. Ultimately, we have to acknowledge that big boys can and do cry. And that's okay.