The following is an excerpt of an article by Michael Rowe which will feature in our second print issue, being released on the 15th March.

Find out how to get your own copy of the issue here.

Aside from Brexit, which continues to dominate the political agenda, one of the most talked-about issues today in politics is the mental health crisis.

This is most definitely a pressing issue facing society which can turn people’s lives upside-down and make them unrecognisable in many ways compared with their former self. It is certainly the case that there is a stigma surrounding this topic. The treatment available is not yet on a par with that which is available for physical conditions, although this is ever-improving. I think it is fair to say this problem is far bigger than it has ever been.

Some do correctly point out that in previous decades mental health problems were not recognised or recorded, often being dismissed as merely mood changes or attitude issues. However, the core truth remains that the number of people with mental health conditions is much higher today than at any other time previously.

The extent of this is highlighted by the charity Mind, who discovered that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Therefore, it is commonly accepted that there must be a link between the rise in such conditions and changes in society.

Some commentators have pointed out that pressures from social media and the internet are a factor in this. Another reason given is the increasing media reporting of these problems as legitimate health conditions, and I would agree with both.

However, there is an equally significant cause which is seldom discussed, the lack of religion in society.

Read the rest of this article in the print issue, to be released on the 15th March.

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