Mental health campaign
Monday, 10 October 2011
World Mental Health Day
Platform 51 wants better treatment for all women
Today marks World Mental Health day, a day to raise public awareness of mental health problems.
Platform 51 has been campaigning for better treatment for women with mental health problems since January. The focus of our recent campaigning has been on the use of antidepressants.
Did you know that Platform 51 research shows that one in three women have taken antidepressants during their lives and over half weren't offered an alternative to drugs at time of prescription?
Or that a quarter of women on antidepressants today have not had a review of their treatment for a year or more at some point?
Platform 51 recognises the important role antidepressants can play in treating mental health problems. But we are worried that they are being used too often as the only treatment option for mild to moderate mental health problems and that women are not given sufficient reviews or support with alternatives.
We think women are being let down by the current approach.
It's time for a change. We are calling on the Government to commission an independent review into the way that antidepressants are being prescribed. To make that change, we need you to speak up, to help make our politicians listen to us. Together we can make a real difference to the mental health of millions of women and girls.
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Women are taking #antidepressants without regular review or being offered alternatives, time for change http://bit.ly/P51review @platform51
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Platform 51 is calling on the Department of Health to commission a review into the use of antidepressants. Their research shows that many women are taking antidepressants without regular review or being offered alternatives. Please sign their petition today to make a change http://bit.ly/P51review
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