Bringing Society To Psychology
Psychologists Against Austerity
Campaign Strategy and Plan - November 2014
This campaign was set up to help make the argument against further implementation of austerity policies in the run up to the General Election next May. We want to harness the knowledge and power of both Psychology, and Psychologists, which has been largely missing from this debate so far. Our campaign has taken two routes:
For this part of the campaign, we are focusing on mobilising professional and student Psychologists to make noise about austerity policies. This is an inclusive strategy; our aim is to encourage people to take action, but the particular slant they take ‘against austerity’ is open to the person.
We want to get all psychologists active and politically engaged. We want all psychologists to be writing to their MP and candidates in the run up to the general election, outlining the psychosocial impact of the unnecessary austerity regime
To be available on our upcoming website! In the form of information which people can use as they wish, focusing on the impact of austerity which is personal to them. We have included information on: cuts to mental health services; creating poverty and inequality; creating an atmosphere of fear and blame.
We are aiming to gather support for this letter from different professional arms of the BPS.
The website to be launched soon will provide a space for psychologists and other health professionals and service users to anonymously post the impact of austerity on their everyday experiences, lives and service provision or use.
For this part of the campaign, we want to make the argument that the societal conditions which are being created as part of austerity are damaging, dangerous, and create distress. This part of the campaign therefore focusses on highlighting the contribution that community psychology perspectives can make to this debate.
A briefing note has been written which outlines the ‘Psychological impacts of austerity’. To be distributed to campaigning organisations, and as a press release. We have identified some key experiences which are being created by austerity policies, and their known links to causing mental distress. Based on these, we have proposed ‘5 Foundations of a Psychologically Healthy Society’: Agency, Security, Belonging, Respect, Trust.
We are organising an event at the House of Lords next year to highlight and explore these issues and launch the campaign to policy-makers the media.
If you are interested in the campaign, then please join us and this group! Keep a look out for the website, which will be online very soon. Either join our group, or set up your own, and we can build national network of campaigners. We are also really interested in building links with groups with similar aims as well.
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