mental health issues

An Assessment of Mental Health Care Issues among Patients in UK

The issue of mental health care has become a major concern because of the high number of people suffering from these problems in the United Kingdom. This is not only a problem in the United Kingdom, but also in many other countries in the world. Some of the major mental health problems facing many people in the UK include depression and stress. This article provides an overview based on data available to make assessment of the level of quality of health care services for people suffering from mental health care problems in the United Kingdom. The assessment looks at three different groups including adults suffering from common mental health problems, those with enduring and severe mental health problems and children and young people. 

This is one of the many overviews that focus on key areas of quality in term of waiting times, safety, mental health, person centred care and other internationals comparisons. 

Major points 

Around 20 percent of the population in the United Kingdom suffers from a mental health problems. It is estimated that the government spends an estimated £105bn every year. This is in terms of economic and societal costs. More than two million people in the country has some sort of contact with mental health care services in a year. However, the sad thing is a lot of people who require support do not access any of the services through the National Health Service. 

There is lack of crucial national information on mental health services. In most parts of the country, there is no national information at all. Most people do not get information regarding the services available for young people and children in the community. In those areas that the information is available, the information does not represent the actual picture or the information is incomplete. What this means is that the quality of the services cannot be assessed. 

The availability of services for adult population with common mental health problems such as anxiety disorders and depression, is improving. The access to treatment of these problems has been on the rise since 2010. The number of people recovery through the talking therapies is also rising. However, the rate of recovery is below what is supposed to be and a lot of capacity is required. 

The demand for secondary care is on the rise and there is enough evidence to suggest that the accessibility of the services is also falling. On the other hand, the treatment is becoming more coercive. There is less information available regarding the results that the services achieve. There is also less national information about mental health services for young people and children. The little information that is there is that quality is reducing. The details from families and mental health providers using the services indicates significant cuts to the services, rising demand, long waits for professional services, increasing thresholds for treatment and reduced accessibility of the services. There is also variation in all the services for people suffering with people with mental health issues.