Mental health has received a boost in recent days thanks to both the princes candidly discussing their own struggles. However, with the recent annual state of policing report criticising the mental health cuts and their effect on the police it is clear that mental health is still a major issue.
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Prince Harry spoke to Bryony Gordon of The Telegraph about his relationship with mental health and he openly discussed how he ‘shut down all his emotions’ for twenty years following his mother Princess Diana’s death and how he sought counselling in his late twenties. Prince William followed suit and appeared in a video with Lady Gaga where the two discuss mental health and its damaging effects. Both of the princes used the discussions to raise awareness of their campaign Heads Together, which is an organisation aimed at tackling the stigma associated with mental health.
Despite the two royal discussions, mental health is still a major issue for many in the U.K. The annual state of policing report claims police are compensating for other agencies surrounding mental health and as a result are being used as a first resort when they should be a last resort. Sir Thomas Winsor, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, penned the report and it is clear that public service cuts – especially those around mental healthcare – are to blame.
“The provision of mental healthcare has reached such a state of severity that police are often being used to fill the gaps that other agencies cannot. This is an unacceptable drain on police resources and it is a profoundly improper way to treat vulnerable people who need care and help”
Sir Thomas Winsor, annual state of policing report
Further setbacks towards mental healthcare funding is also on the horizon with the money promised to support mental healthcare being diverted to help cover NHS debts, as was revealed in a letter by NHS finance chief Paul Baumann obtained by the Health Service Journal and shared through the Guardian.