Create Third-sector Co-operatives.

Use local and national government to create true "cooperatives", using the principles of the "International Co-operative Alliance", (i.e. not "partnership agreements", which are quite different) which may bring together Heads and CEOs of local NHS Trusts, Social Services and community charities focussed on mental health and wellbeing. Such a cooperative would help generate new initiatives outside the limit of the NHS remit and funds.

These cooperatives should be guided by the "World Federation for Mental Health", part of the W.H.O. and UNESCO, an organisation which focusses both on health AND education (which is fundamental to reducing stigma).

A cooperative may bring together all issues of wellbeing such as physical and mental conditions. Mental Health must not be promoted at the expense of physical health or general wellbeing.

Why is this idea important?

"Partnership agreements" are usually are usually limited to agreements between NHS Trusts and Third Sector organisations ONLY. This means issues such as this year's World Mental Health Day (10th October 2010) linking chronic physical complaints with mental wellbeing are never addressed. Many people suffer from this lack of care. Giving government backing to new projects between organisation other than the NHS will crete a much wider remit for the Third Sector.

Current "partnership agreements" claims many millions of pounds of grands and funds but do not engage top level executives to guide the direction of public services. Most project are community based ONLY and therefore cannot initiate change.

One example: at this time much funds are being directed towards dementure – a physical condition of attrician (of brain cells) in most cases). However, NHS Mental Health Trusts are now focussing on this issues as a means for increasing their influence – for better or worse. By contrast, Epilepsy has never been addressed by NHS Mental Health Trusts despite the fact anti-epileptic drugs are also psycho-active – so mush so they are also used in the treatment of psychosis. Depression is common in people with chronic physical concerns such as epilepsy – for both reasons of a disabled life-style AND as a drug-induced condition.

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