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Why Body And Mind Must Be Treated Alike
Just as a broken ankle requires an immediate trip to A&E, signs your mental health has taken a tumble must also be treated immediately, with the same care and understanding – and crucially, the same resources made available. But the reality of mental health care in the UK is far from sufficient. We believe that there is a palpable deficit in time, resources and care in our current model of mental illness treatment.
Mental ill health costs the UK economy £105 billion annually, yet while it accounts for 23% of NHS activity, NHS spending on mental health is equivalent to half of this. We believe that parity with physical health treatment will not only address this vast monetary imbalance, but also help save lives.
And we’re not just talking about the rising suicide rate. People with poor mental health are at risk of dying up to 20 years earlier than their contemporaries – two thirds of these from preventable illnesses such as heart disease and cancers caused by smoking. Conversely, as the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health review outlines, people with long-term physical conditions suffer further physical complications if they develop mental health problems. In the case of Type 2 diabetes, £1.8 billion of additional costs have been linked to poor mental health. Research has shown that providing support catered to address this cuts costs by 25%.
Many people receiving mental health treatment are unhappy with the help available. In some areas of the country 60% of people have to wait over 90 days to receive treatment while a survey by the Care Quality Commission revealed that 28% of people cared for outside of hospitals rate the service 5 or lower on a scale of 1-10. 11% of people also did not think they were given enough time to discuss their treatments and needs, while 7% did not think they were treated with dignity.
There is also a clear shortage of resources available. According to an independent commission by former NHS chief executive Nigel Crisp, 500 mental health patients a month are having to travel more than 31 miles to receive care in psychiatric wards, due to local bed shortages.
To rectify this, we want the government to commit to greater support and availability of mental health services, both in terms of supporting those already diagnosed, and preventing the decline of those struggling with their minds. This requires targeted and specific care to be available 24/7 – not just via A&E and the odd emergency phone line – and for mental and physical health to be treated equally in every aspect from budgetary planning to local implementation.
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