Mental health matters
Quakers at Reading Meeting met this afternoon for their monthly Meeting for Learning to consider insights into mental health care provision, and hearing service-user, professional and carer experiences. Care in the community for those with mental illness, as national policy, is now in its fourth decade and mass institutional care is a thing of the past. We looked at the processes and practices which were developed to help optimize community integration and provide safer, more effective therapeutic experiences. We concluded by talking about how being part of a Quaker Meeting can aid mental wellbeing.
Quakers in Britain, and other parts of the world, have been concerned for mental health reform since the 18th century. Our work in this area continues and further information can be found on the Quaker Mental Health Forum website.