MPs Reveal Horrifying Facts About Mental Health part two

Christmas mental healthIt’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%.

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MPs Reveal Horrifying Facts About Mental Health

mental health and governmentEarlier 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.

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Living Close To Good Transport Links Boosts Mental Health

mental health and transport linksA new study has found that living in close proximity to good public transport links could reduce our chances of suffering from depression and the need to be prescribed anti-depressants.

The study was published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and looked at five characteristics which might impact our quality of life including development density, land use, public space, cultural and sport facilities and transport access.

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More Than Half Of UK Parents Never Talk To Their Kids About Mental Health

mental health and childrenA new survey has revealed that more than half of parents in England have never spoken to their children about stress, anxiety or depression.

Despite the fact that one in 10 young children are now experiencing mental health problems, worryingly, 45% of the parents questioned said the reason why they haven’t approached the subject with their children is because ‘mental health is not an issue.’

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The Mentally Ill May Be More Likely To Die Early Depending On Where They Live

mental healthA new study which was funded by the Cabinet Office has revealed that one in four areas across England have unacceptably high rates of early deaths amongst people who are suffering from mental health problems.

More than 200 local areas were analysed by independent experts who were looking at deaths which occurred before the age of 75. In every area, the premature mortality rate was higher amongst those with mental health problems but in 51 of the areas, it was found to be particularly worrying.

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New Parents Are Struggling With Mental Health

Depression and new parentsA poll which was carried out by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has revealed that two in five new parents experience a mental health issue during or after pregnancy with their first child.

Despite this, less than half (46%) considered seeking help with a quarter of respondents saying it’s because they were too scared to do so. Worryingly, these findings confirm that there is still a stigma attached to mental health and it’s preventing people from seeking out potentially life-saving support.

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Social Media May Be Making You Unhappy

social media and depressionFor most of us, it’s unlikely that a day goes by where we don’t check our social media pages. Although this seems like a perfectly harmless way to pass the time, researchers are now warning that social media distorts our perception of reality and that we’d actually be much happier without it.

As the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are increasingly being blamed for the rising rates of depression, anxiety and eating disorders amongst it’s audiences, more research is being done to determine whether or not social media can really be blamed for this.

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Councils Spend Just One Percent Of Their Budget On Mental Health

mental health and government Data obtained by the charity, Mind has revealed that councils in England are spending on average, just 1% of their public health budgets on tacking mental health problems. More worryingly, some have even suggested that they don’t intend on spending any money on mental health whatsoever.

Following the results of the survey, Mind has estimated that just under £40 million will be spent by local authorities on mental health in 2015-16. Although this may sound like a lot of money, when compared to funding on other health issues, it’s miniscule.

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Schools Have To Call 999 For Help With Mental Health Issues

police and mental healthHead teachers across the UK have revealed that thanks to service shortages they are being forced to call 999 to get treatment for pupils who are suffering from mental health problems. As well as this, some schools are even being asked to pay for services for troubled pupils that should be provided by the NHS or social services.

Teachers, heads and bodies representing counsellors and therapists have all complained of significant problems when it comes to securing support for pupils’ mental health problems and special education needs.

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Mental Health Detentions In England Rises By 10 Percent

Mental health and treatmentOver the past 12 months there have been 58,000 mental health detentions under the Mental Health Act in England - a 10% rise compared to the year before.

Under the Mental Health Act, anyone with a mental health disorder can be admitted to hospital against their wishes for treatment, which is something doctors are being forced to do in order to find patients a hospital bed.

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Why Britain Faces Mental Health Bed Shortages

mental health treatmentNot a week goes by where there isn’t a media report detailing the mental health crisis that Britain is facing and how a lack of beds and funding means that people can’t even receive treatment for it.

At the beginning of the summer, an inquiry took place and looked into why there is such a shortage of beds available and what needs to be done about this. The independent commission report concluded that contrary to popular belief, it’s not bed closures that are causing these issues - it’s delayed discharges and poor community provision.

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Nearly Half Of Women Seek Mental Health Help

mental health in women New research carried out by the charity, Girlguiding has found that nearly half (46%) of young women aged between 17 and 21 have reached out for help for their mental health.

Worryingly, self-harm ranks at the top of their list of health concerns followed by smoking, mental illness, depression and eating disorders. Sadly, it appears as though these young women are also suffering in silence because they report to feeling largely unsupported.

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Ministers Accused Of Failing Mental Health Pledge

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A row over spending on mental health in the UK has broken out after the government has been accused of failing to honour promises to boost funding.

Figures which were collected by the Labour party suggest that 50 out of 130 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) plan to reduce the proportion of the budget they allocated to mental health for this financial year. Whereas 11% of their budget was dedicated to mental health in 2014/15, it is suggested that this will go down to 10% for the remainder of this year and 2016.

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Suicide Rates Rise Among Men With Mental Health Problems

suicide among menA report that was carried out by the University of Manchester has revealed that suicide rates amongst male mental health patients has risen by almost a third in the last decade.

The biggest increases were witnessed in men aged between 45 and 54 where the number of deaths has risen by a staggering 73% since 2006. Experts believe that one of the main causes of this is because men are very reluctant and almost feel ashamed about speaking about their health and wellbeing.

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The State Of The UKs Mental Health

Mental health in the UKNearly 10 million adults in the UK are being diagnosed with at least one mental health problem every single year. With that equating to an incredible one in four of us, it makes psychiatric treatment one of the biggest issues affecting society today.

The figures, which come from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also estimate that one in 10 children aged between five and 16 have a clinically diagnosed mental health disorder. Of these, 6% have a conduct or behavioural problem, 3% have been diagnosed with anxiety and 1% with depression. Some of the other conditions amongst children include autism, tics and eating problems.

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Police See Rise In Mental Health Callouts

police and mental healthNew figures have revealed that police in Devon and Cornwall have experienced a 10% rise in mental health callouts and are attending up to 15 separate incidents a day. 

In 2010 the number of mental health callouts were 4,891 but by 2014 this had risen to 5,364. The force’s police federation has expressed that officers are frustrated that the NHS doesn’t have the capacity to deal with people with mental health issues so it ends up getting passed onto them.

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Positive Shift In Attitudes Toward Mental Health

mental health New data has revealed that public attitudes towards mental illness have improved significantly over the last decade. Although there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding this topic, the survey shows that opinions are slowly but surely changing.

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Police Team Up With Mental Health Professionals In Lancashire

police help mental healthAn innovative new pilot partnership has been rolled out across Lancashire in a bid to tackle emergency incidents involving people with mental health issues.

Aimed at reducing demand while ensuring that people get the right assistance at the first point of contact, the Mental Health Response Service (MHRS) will see police officers working in conjunction with dedicated NHS mental health nurses who can make assessments and referrals.

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Mental Health Care Struggling To Cope With Demand

mental health crisis helpThe Care Quality Commission has reviewed the help given to those who are in a mental health crisis and has concluded that the system is struggling to cope and that people are receiving inadequate support. Worryingly, it also highlighted what has been described as a ‘lack of compassion’ from A&E staff.

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Over One Quarter Of Long Term Work Absence Linked To Mental Health

work mental healthNew figures have revealed that failure to deal with mental health problems in the workplace is costing the UK more than 70 million working days every year.

The statistics also showed that mental health issues are making up 27% of Income Protection for those who are unable to work due to incapacity. The most common mental health claim is reactive depression and other conditions such as stress, anxiety and bipolar disorder follow closely behind.

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