Five policy changes would transform mental health services for young people—and in doing so, tackle the crisis at its rootby Duncan Sim / August 21, 2017 / Leave a comment
Mental illness has been a topic of growing political and public concern over recent years, especially since Theresa May identified poor quality mental health service provision as one of the “burning injustices” she pledged her government would fight in her first speech outside No 10.
Events—both unforeseen but also of her own making—have since overtaken her efforts to take constructive action to address this issue. Yet the scale of the crisis in both adult and children’s service provision continues to grow.
Spending on adult mental health services by both local authorities and NHS trusts has fallen significantly in real terms since 2010, while a third of services for children have been reduced in scale or closed altogether over the same period. A survey of NHS trusts in England last month found that 80 per cent of managers polled fear they will not have enough resources this year to provide swift, high-quality mental health support given rising demand for services.