It's the system that needs fixing, not people
The #123GP campaign is a network of families bereaved by suicide, people with direct experience of mental health services and their carers. We are determined to ensure that what happened to us - in terms of failed services and the tragic loss of loved ones - does not happen to anyone else in need of support.
We believe that people with direct experience have unrivaled expertise in the causes, impacts, and solutions to mental distress. But this expertise has been silenced.
We make these voices heard by holding the state accountable to its human rights obligations and supporting community solutions.
- Radical changes to mental health services
Double the current spending on mental health, introduce real waiting time targets for counselling and properly regulate mental health facilities
- Tackle root causes
Make the link between inequality and mental distress by challenging unemployment, punitive welfare assessments, destitution, 'hostile environment' asylum policies and homelessness
Support mental health rights activists to build community-based, peer-to-peer networks capable of responding to each others' needs
What we want
Chronically underfunded services
The percentage of the NI annual health budget spent on mental health every year for the past 10 years. The equivalent figure in England is more than 12%.
Mental health problems in NI are 25% greater than other parts of the UK.
If everyone who would benefit from GP counselling actually accessed it, the budget would equate to £2.29 per person - the price of an ice-cream.
Suicide and deprivation in NI
I Accessed Counselling Services Through my GP, Let's Make It Easier for Others
A personal account of accessing mental health counselling through a GP practice and the importance of removing barriers to the service.