Earlier this month, MPs had a three-hour debate about the crisis of Britain’s mental health and perhaps unsurprisingly, some horrifying facts and statistics were delivered.
Three times more people commit suicide than are killed by cars. Labour MP Kevan Jones raised this point and said that the same amount of effort needs to go into attacking suicide rates in this county as we put into road safety campaigns.
17 people in the UK will kill themselves today. Suicide is now the biggest killer of young men under 50 in Britain and 2015 has seen the greatest number of male suicides on record.
The number of unfilled psychiatrist jobs has doubled. Labour’s mental health spokesman, Luciana Berger warned of a recruitment crisis with a 94% increase in vacant and unfilled consultant posts.
Mental health funding has been cut. Although George Osborne announced a £600m boost for mental health in his spending review, some MPs are still cynical. Berger confirmed that just last year funding for mental health trusts was cut by 20% more than that for other hospitals and that in 2011-12, total investment in mental health dropped for the first time in a decade.
The back-to-work scheme is actually making things worse. The government’s back-to-work-scheme has been introduced in a bid to help those with mental illness get back into work yet figures show that just 9% of those taking part actually manage to find employment. What’s even more shocking is the fact that 83% of those who took part and were questioned about it said that it actually made their mental health condition worse.
Stay tuned for the second part of our blog which reveals more shocking statistics about Britain’s mental health crisis.
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.