LETTER: Mental health care requires psychiatry and counselling

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The Independent Online
YOUR article on mental health reinforced old prejudices and stereotypes, and they were all the worse for being uttered by people charged with helping to shape better mental health services. To Dr Trevor Turner (consultant psychiatrist at Homerton Hospital), the person diagnosed as schizophrenic is someone "hiding in his bedroom gibbering", and who, according to Matt Muijen (director of the Sainsburys Centre for Mental Health), "may well be the one who pushes you under the Tube tomorrow" if he doesn't get help.

John Price

Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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