Following on from previous posts about dementia care and care for the elderly, it has emerged that approximately three quarters of people suffering from mental illness are not getting the treatment or support they require.
Did you know that mental illness now accounts for almost half of all ill health among people of working age?
Did you know that mental illness has the same impact on life expectancy as smoking?
A report “How Mental Illness Loses Out in the NHS” published by the Mental Health Policy Group from the London School of Economics has concluded that “the under treatment of people with crippling mental illness is the most glaring cause of health inequality in our country”. http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/special/cepsp26.pdf
Mental health treatment in the UK has always been a sensitive topic and this report goes to show that treatment and care to the mentally ill has a long way to go.
Better training for GPs; specialist help to children with behavioral problems and inappropriate distribution of funds have all been suggested as areas for consideration in the report.
We receive a large number of enquiries from people who feel they, or members of their family, have been failed by mental health services within the local NHS, sometimes to the point of tragedy.
It is my view that the psychology services are available and people who are in need of those services are being failed by the system. At a time when they feel most vulnerable, people suffering with mental health concerns are being neglected by NHS health care and are falling away from the system. As a result, mental health conditions deteriorate and treatment becomes much harder to provide.
This study may go some way towards highlighting the need for reform for mental health.