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ADASS President to Raise Profile of Approved Mental Health Professionals
The new chief of ADASS has said that the promotion of AMHPs’ work will be a personal priority
Margaret Wilcox, new president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, made a pledge in her inaugural speech to promote the work of AMHPs, who are the group, mostly made up of social workers, who coordinate Mental Health Act assessments.
She will also address the way mental health is discussed, with her explaining, “I have a view that in an effort to explain the world of psychiatry and create a supportive society, we have got our language mixed up again and it’s not helping. We use the term ‘mental health’ when we mean ‘mental illness’ or ‘disorder’.” She continued to point out that “…people with long term mental illness still die far earlier than the average adult in this country and the rate of suicide remains a serious concern.”
Wilcox also mentioned that another of her personal priorities is to generate more employment opportunities for people with disabilities, hopefully by working collaboratively with the Department of Work and Pensions.
She also explained that due to insufficient funding, the social care sector was in a “precarious” position and that although this issue was extremely high profile, public understanding of the sector still needs to be improved.
“Whilst social care is a daily topic of conversation in the press and on the media, there is still much confusion about what it is,” she said. “We are working with partners across all arenas to try to ensure that we describe it simply and consistently so that it is understood the way education or the NHS is.”
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