NHS to close ‘mortality gap' for mental illness
- 26 Nov
People with a mental illness have life expectancies ten years shorter than the population as a whole.
NHS leaders are calling on those who are commissioning services to help close the "shocking mortality gap" which sees people with a mental illness have life expectancies ten years shorter than the population as a whole.
A blunt message from NHS England has said that targeted cancer screening, regular checks for cardiovascular and physical health and smoking cessation programmes should all be improved. Mental health services should be on an equal footing with those tackling physical, officials say, reports the Guardian.
The average life expectancy in England and Wales for people with mental health problems is equivalent to the general population in the 1950s.
Suffers of mental illness are at an increased risk of the top five health killers which includes, heart disease, strokes, liver and respiratory diseases and some cancers.
Martin McShane, director for patients with long-term conditions for NHS England said: "The 'mortality gap' we see today is shocking. It is not acceptable people with mental health conditions die younger. For too long, physical and mental health problems have been treated separately and people do not get the services they need every time ... We must act to ensure mental health is on a par with physical health."
Mental health conditions in England are said to cost approximately £150bn a year. This takes into consideration loss of earnings, associated healthcare and welfare costs, which outweighs the £14bn spent by the NHS each year on giving direct care for people with mental health.
Geraldine Strathdee, national clinical director for mental health for NHS England said: "We must design a service that meets the needs of its users, and not expect users to fit in with the services we design. We must also work hard to prevent those with physical health problems developing mental health issues. It is clear to me that physical and mental health issues cannot be separated - and our approach to care must change to reflect this."
What do you think of this? Tweet us your comments @suppsolutions
Image source: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/747910
- 11 Sep
People in Bedfordshire can find mental health support through an audio guide
The guides have been written by clinical psychologists and are available to download in print or listen to as an audio file, reports Bedfordshire News.Dr Judy Baxter, Clinical Director with BCCG and...
- 10 Sep
Police officers in Dorset to receive mental health training
The partnership with the University comes as part of the county’s Mental Health Street Triage Project. It is hoped to equip officers with improved knowledge and skills to assess members of the...
- 09 Sep
People in Peterborough can refer themselves for mental health services
Through a drive to offer support to more people and ease pressure on doctors, people living in Peterborough can self-refer themselves to mental health services, reports Peterborough Today.Dr Adrian...
- 08 Sep
The first mental health centre for men
The site has been set up by Alex Eaton, whose dad took his own life and has suffered with mental health problems himself, in Burton upon Trent, reports BBC Newsbeat.Mr Eaton said: "We are the only...
- 07 Sep
NHS trust told no mental health beds available
Dr Bohdan Solomka has said that on Sunday a lack of beds were applied across the NHS and among private providers, reports the BBC. The director of the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trusts...
- 07 Sep
Over 16,000 mental health referrals for young people have been rejected
Between July last year and June this year, data from the NHS has found that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services rejected 5,396 referrals, reports STV News.Over the last three years 16,565...
- 04 Sep
New mental health centre to open in Ardwick
Plans to build a new £6m treatment and recovery centre in Manchester have been revealed. It will be built in Ardwick and be run by Alternative Futures Group, reports the Manchester Evening...
- 03 Sep
Research finds more chance of re-offending if mental health issues are present
Research has found that ex-prisoners with mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse are more likely to commit violent offences after release than other former prisoners, reports the...
- 02 Sep
Drop in the number of people with mental health issues held in cells
Recent figures have found that the Crisis Care Concordat has seen over 10,000 people receive care from mental health nurses with the support from police officers, reports the Burton Mail.Figures have...
- 02 Sep
Mental health social work scheme accepting applications
100 places are now available for applicants who have a 2:1 or above undergraduate degree and can demonstrate attributes such as resilience and empathy, reports Community Care.The Think Ahead...
What are the Future Funding Arrangements for Supported and Sheltered Housing? "Information on Exempt Accommodation & DWP Review was very informative, but also commend your approach in delivering workshops/conferences in a proactive way, and use of email and your website as a public resource" P.C. - The Hyde Group