Part of the problem in the UK stems from the Government and their lack of understanding about these issues. The NHS are only able to offer help for 2 years, it might seem a long time but in complex cases, much longer would be needed in order to heal. In my case, I was offered 6 counselling sessions from the NHS, thankfully it was extended and my therapist assured me that I would not be left in a raw state. Being offered support is better than nothing but still may not be enough time for a survivor to heal.
Questions I believe that the UK Government should be asking in relation to mental health services and survivors:
- How can we help survivors feel better?
- How can we do more to understand what survivors go through on a daily basis?
- How can we help survivors feel validated and supported?
How can we help survivors to comfortably enter the workplace?
As a result of this year’s budget, it was good to see an extra £1.25 billion will be spent on mental health services in the UK. I understand that there is a budget for everything, however, what I still fail to understand is the support system, or lack thereof, for survivors. I believe that everyone deserves to be given a chance, including criminals. It seems to me that more effort goes into implementing rehabilitation programs in prisons. My question to the UK Government is: Why are survivors of crime not given the same level of support?
I believe that the system in the UK is invalidating and demeaning to survivors. Perpetrators are given a second chance and often re-enter the workplace. Survivors deserve the same chance in life and have a right to rehabilitation.