Samantha Allen's article on the non-holistic approach in some mental health services, which too often separates the body from the mind, is spot on.

Samantha Allen's article on the non-holistic approach in some mental health services, which too often separates the body from the mind, is spot on.

Adult mental health also needs to recognise that so many "patients" are also parents. We know that often a person's own experiences as a child have a deep impact on their mental health. But also, the lack of confidence, security and good experiences then affect how that person feels as a parent and is often entangled deeply with a sense of not being "good enough".

Asking patients if they are parents is one basic step adult mental health services should all take (as some still do not). Then considering treatment work involving these past and present issues and within the context of child, parent and the family would be healthy for the current and future parents (their children).

Susan Rautenberg, head of planning and partnerships, children's and maternity services, Leeds PCT