Mental health and a place to call home

Essential elements in the recovery process

Sir, – The Mental Health Commission has highlighted the inequality in services available to those within the private and public mental health services (News, June 30th). Housing, education and employment provision are also vital building blocks when recovering from mental illness. When these are also taken into account, the privilege of the private mental health patient becomes even more apparent. While a reformed and more adequately resourced mental health service is necessary, a place to live and opportunities in life will remain essential elements in the recovery process. – Yours, etc,