It’s well publicised that Britain is experiencing a mental health crisis and that much more needs to be done about it. Here, the second part of our blog reveals some of the most shocking points to come from a three-hour debate amongst MPs about mental health in the UK.
Your postcode determines how quickly you will receive treatment. In some parts of the country, 100% of patients are seen within the government’s target time but in some of the worst-hit areas such as East Cheshire, the number of people who get help within the same timeframe is just 4.6%.
Mental health problems can affect anyone. Numerous studies have shown that those living in poorer areas are more likely to suffer from mental health problems but the truth is, every single one of us is susceptible to them. This point was proven after 18-year-old Edward Mallen committed suicide despite just earning himself straight A*s in his A-levels, winning a place at Cambridge University and being voted ‘most likely to be Prime Minister’.
Things are getting worse for children as well. Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has admitted that there are growing pressures on mental health services for children and teenagers. With referrals going up by 11% last year, the Tory minister has said that more needs to be done to improve early intervention.
Most people with depression never get treated. Despite the increase in cases, a massive 75% of people who suffer from anxiety or depression never get treated. MPs have argued that it’s time mental health gets taken more seriously, starting with adequate funding.
If you think that you or someone you know could be suffering with a mental health condition, please feel free to contact Life Works in the strictest of confidence and we will be more than happy to help.