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#seethefullpicture – Improving Access to Mental Health Services for People Facing Addiction

VOICES seethefullpicture

20th January to 16th February 2020
A campaign launched by the Fulfilling Lives Programme.


Introducing the second national communications campaign for the Fulfilling Lives Programme!

On Wednesday 3rd July 2019, the Fulfilling Lives Programme launched the first-ever Multiple Disadvantage Awareness Day with the #tag #seethefullpicture. The day aimed to raise awareness of the stigma associated with Multiple Disadvantage and also the reasons why people come to face complex needs. Using a mixture of events, website and social media content, the campaign reached nearly two million people!

Following on from the success of this campaign, the second national communications campaign launched on Monday 20th January 2020.


What is the aim of the second campaign?

Improving Access to Mental Health Services for People Facing Addiction

Substance misuse and mental ill health are the most commonly experienced needs for service users (beneficiaries) on the Fulfilling Lives Programme, and there is a high degree of overlap between the two, with 90 per cent of beneficiaries experiencing both. Fulfilling Lives partnerships report that the vast majority of clinical responses require an individual to address their substance misuse, before mental health treatment can be provided or even a needs assessment carried out. This leaves many beneficiaries in a ‘catch 22’ situation where they are unable to get support for their mental health needs, because they are using substances to self-medicate symptoms of poor mental health.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage as many people as possible to sign a petition for change.

Available at www.seethefullpicture.org.uk, the petition will be taken to Commissioners, Policy-Makers and MPs in England, and will ask that current NICE Guidelines around co-occurring conditions are adhered to.

The guidelines state that people using substances should not be declined mental health support because of this.


How can your organisation get involved in the campaign?

Share the campaign on your organisations social media accounts. Follow @SystemChangeTNL and look out for #seethefullpicture and add to the conversation with your thoughts and experiences.

Sign the petition at www.seethefullpicture.org.uk and encourage your colleagues to do the same!

Make your contacts and colleagues aware of the campaign, and encourage them to visit www.multipledisadvantageday.org to find out more.

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