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    Here we go again. Dementia can be, by and large, avoided just by choosing a ‘healthy lifestyle’…. according to ‘experts’.

    Here’s an alternative approach to avoiding dementia using ‘lifestyle choices’: Eat everything that’s supposedly ‘bad’ – refined carbohydrates, monosaturate fats, sugar. Smoke cigarettes to excess. Take as little exercise as possible (watch TV permanently), live in a polluted area… All of this should ensure you won’t reach those advanced years when dementia is most likely to kick in.

    Well, I mean…. It seems from listening to these ‘healthy lifestyle’ preachers that if only we could adopt the correct ‘lifestyle’ all ills would be banished and we would live forever and ever and ever…. Amen!

    PS: Don't forget consumption of alcohol, like I did... Must be all that 'drinking to forget' that I've done...
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    Im afraid im not impressed with the political interlectual heavyweight (sic) Boris Johnsons latest stab at policy and provision for curing mental health. Hes not the deep political thinker his supporters attest to him being. If anything his view of work and mental health is a lazy view and he wants to promote tax breaks for something that should be there in organisations anyway.

    Why do people support this buffoon being PrimeMinister, for me he often just be99ars belief.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...conomy-one-go/
    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...rivatising-nhs
    https://inews.co.uk/opinion/boris-jo...egraph-column/
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    Re: Today’s headlines .........

    Quote Originally Posted by mezzaninedoor View Post
    Im afraid im not impressed with the political interlectual heavyweight (sic) Boris Johnsons latest stab at policy and provision for curing mental health. Hes not the deep political thinker his supporters attest to him being. If anything his view of work and mental health is a lazy view and he wants to promote tax breaks for something that should be there in organisations anyway.

    Why do people support this buffoon being PrimeMinister, for me he often just be99ars belief.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...conomy-one-go/
    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...rivatising-nhs
    https://inews.co.uk/opinion/boris-jo...egraph-column/
    Is there an original transcript (sorry, cant read Telegraph without joining) or was this all he said?

    As both publications mention there is some truth in it, and mental health organisations push volunteering for a very good reason, but it's not a one size fits all problem. He may be thinking this is one way to tackle the lower level mental health cases? Employers can make these worse so putting new legislation in place (not tax breaks) would be helpful but it will never be more than a simple tool in the toolbox for the more complex cases.

    I know from my own experience leaving work was only going yo make me spiral and my confidence to go. However, my employer was a box ticker when it came to health (and they were a multinational you all know as they are frequently on tv advertising) and the work environment wasn't conducive to anything other than hard chasing of targets year after year. It was keeping me up and also kicking me down at the same time and there comes the point of diminishing returns.

    I'm sceptical about work placed therapy. I am more for NHS treatment. I would prefer the NHS do the treatment because the employer has a legal say in what you get. The employee is also entitled to challenge your diagnosis and even talk to counselling services about your treatment. Whilst there is data protection you are naïve if you think in house services don't chat whilst having a ciggie outside the building (the things I used to hear about people's confidential treatments demonstrated this to me and it was shocking stuff from basic to who they were trying to fire to people who had suffered sexual assaults).

    I would want more legislation and more protection for the individual. Firms only care about money. Sorry to break it to The Guardian but welcome to the reality of the world we live in. Work to change it all you want but make sure you prop up "the now" with something that isn't unicorn territory.

    This can easily be spun as US healthcare, something which are friends on here can access far quicker than we can and get a range of treatments we have no hope of accessing, but firms have been doing this for sometime as part of policy. The question might be whether making it more formal would start to push things too far into insurance needs that end up hitting employees? Smaller firms may not be able to support expensive treatment and this is why I favour the NHS again just as auto enrolment for pensions has meant a public scheme for those companies.

    Another issue I have is the varying standards of mental health care. No one is really regulating the private industry and there are charlatans out there. There are therapists who have qualified after a few hundred study hours on the internet and never seeing a client. Who is going to ensure the quality of care? Bringing it into the NHS at least provides the basic standards they have and no they aren't enough either as they are nothing like the high standards of the rest of the medical community.

    I guess they will say you can still access the NHS. But if the Tories then seek to reduce that funding...

    Also, bare in mind these articles are talking about psychiatrists. Anyone on here will know accessing one of those is like trying to find the Holy Grail. And despite what those articles say mental health was woeful long before austerity, it was awful under Blair, Cameron just halted the progress. Good luck getting to a see a psychiatrist if you have anxiety, the waiting times for treatment around my city have always been 12 months (although you can be assessed fairly quickly). So, whilst I see these articles are written by people who have personal involvement in these areas I'm also aware what they are saying is not a reflection of it all either and it looks nothing like my experiences and mch of what I see on here.
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