Summarise and Discuss the Presentations of Mental Health in the Two Newspaper Articles Given in Appendix 1.

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Summarise and discuss the presentations of mental health in the two newspaper articles given in Appendix 1.

In this essay, I will summarise how both newspaper articles in Appendix 1 present mental health. I will also compare and contrast the articles with each other, as well as compare them to what I know about mental health and the history behind it including psychopharmaceuticals and psychotherapies.
The first article, titled ‘six in ten of us have faced mental issues such as stress or depression’, focuses on the amount of people currently struggling with mental health issues in Briton today.
The article states that according to a recent survey, 60% of people have struggled mentally with stress, anxiety or depression at least once
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Other reasons it states the increase to be down to, is improved diagnoses and rising worries surrounding jobs and finances due to the recession.
Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners stated concern that too many people are getting anti depression medication and not being given counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy due to lack of access. This shadows other Doctors views in the article whereby they believed a number of people with milder depression don’t need to be put on drugs, they need access to ‘talking therapies’ but unfortunately there is a lack of these.
Tim Kendall, director of National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health stated that “Anti Depressants are too frequently offered due to the waiting lists for alternatives being too long. Doctor’s need to think twice as side effects and they can be hard to get off”. It is also stated that the recession is considered to have been ‘the last straw’ for some people.
Both the first and second article seems to highlight that more and more people are struggling with mental health issues. The second article stressed that socio-economic changes and trends such as the recession can have a huge impact on people’s mental well-being.
Depression figures are continuingly rising in the UK and around the world in fact. It reflects The Great Depression of 1929,