The reset of underfunded public institutions

Although no one issue takes superiority over another, the mental health crisis which has been formed on underfunded institutions has allowed for a new disease- on top of Covid-19- to flood our streets. Covid has illuminated the flaws in the public sectors ultimately leading to increased stress and concern in every citizen. The NHS are experiencing daily breakdowns due to the lives lost, schools haven’t been receiving the financial support to keep every student educated when asked to engage in online school, mental health services- such as CAHMs- are being flooded with patients and domestic abuse rates have gone up by roughly 7% (recorded by the police after the first lockdown). Ultimately, the government expectation that institutions will continue to run smoothly when financially given the bare minimum is wrong. These institutions are what drive the UK. They applaud the morals which politicians claim to have and therefore should be treated as such. Schools educate pupils to the best of their ability, yet if given more government funding, there won’t be as much division between race, gender and class. The NHS would be able to do more research, create more hospitals, do more operations, invest in new equipment and more. Mental health services would be able to meet with more patients therefore reducing suicide rates, removing individuals from unsafe environments, establishing treatment methods, etc. None of these concepts are mind blowing or new, they have been talked about for decades. However, the recent pandemic has magnified the importance of the public institutions. Thus, rather than establishing mental health as a challenge, it needs to be presented as an opportunity. Now is the opportunity to focus money and energy on public institutions which impact mental health, creating for the UK’s quality of life to improve.




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