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.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists asserted that the whole system needs to be improved and in a bid to do this, a mental health taskforce has been established for the NHS as it’s determined to improve services.

Highlighting just how important it is that more services become available, the report revealed that a staggering 92% of wards are treating patients who could be catered for in community settings if they were available. Furthermore, 16% of inpatients were found to be well enough to go home but couldn’t because follow-on services such as the appropriate housing simply is not available.

Currently, if a person needs urgent medical attention because of mental health issues, sometimes there is no choice but to send them up to hundreds of miles away from their home just so they can receive treatment. In some of the worst cases, people are even being detained in police cells if there are no beds available and no other option.

If you think that you or someone you know could have a mental health issue, please feel free to contact Life Works in the strictest of confidence and we will be more than happy to help.

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