The Number Of People Needing Mental Health Treatment May Increase By More Than 2 Million By 2030.

  • If the prevalence of mental illness does not fall, 2 million more adults and 100,000 more children will need treatment in 2030 compared with the figures for this year.

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    According to calculations by the Mental Health Foundation, mental disorders cost the economy more than £100bn a year.

    Professor Dinesh Bhugra, the former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, warned that:

    "Mental health services have been under an inordinate pressure over the past few weeks, with no inpatient beds in the public or private sector available in the whole of England according to several clinicians."

    The Guardian specified that services are bothered due to the fact that , there are high rates of disorders among all age groups; insufficient funds in the NHS and patients who suffer from both mental and physical health problems.

    Bhugra, who is also the president-elect of the World Psychiatric Association said:

    "More effort needs to be put into preventing mental illness in the first place."

    "Lacking a 'cure' for mental illness, a reduction in the number of people across the UK developing mental disorders appears to us to be the only way that mental health services will adequately cope with demand in 20-30 years' time."

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