The Community mental health team, a lifeline for many mental health sufferers in the UK. In the past few years, many mental health trusts have had their services cut and the patients are suffering. Since the years of 2011/12 there has been a cut of 2% and there has been data revealed that a further 10 mental health trusts are going to receive further cuts. Since April 2011 there has been a 9% reduction in the number of hospital beds. Since 2011/12 there has been a budget cut of 1.7%.
In Barnet, North London, people who need urgent referrals to their local services have to wait on average 5 weeks. 12% of people with mental health problems have had to wait over a year for talking therapies. One report has found that some children and young people are being admitted to adult psychiatric wards due to the lack of beds with the child and adolescent psychiatric hospitals. The charity Young Minds have found that 34 out of 51 councils have cut back spending on the child and adolescent mental health services.
But with all these cuts there has been information revealed that the need for the services by the public has increased by 16%.
But what is it that the mental health services do for people who are suffering mental health problems? The service can provide counselling, psychotherapy (including cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectal behavioural therapy), group therapy (Art therapy and the STEPPS course), you may have be allocated a Community psychiatric nurse, a Care Coordinator or mental health social workers who will go through and re-evaluate a care plan for you, which outlines your needs and what to do in a crisis. You may see a psychiatrist, who may diagnose your condition and if needed, will prescribe you medication to try and ease your condition. There are teams of people who specialise in Crisis Resolution who come to the patient who may be suffering with suicidal ideation, attempted suicide and are struggling to look after themselves. This team come to the patient’s home every day until the patient is well enough to look after themselves. The idea of the community mental health team is to keep the patient in the community rather than in hospital.
The mental health charity Mind did a year-long investigation and has found that there is a huge discrepancy in the treatment and services (within the community and hospital)l throughout the UK. Some people have to stay in hospitals miles away from their home town due to the lack of beds at their local hospital.
Luckily, there are many mental health charities out there including Mind, Sane, Samaritans all of whom have some kind of communicative way of talking to someone. Samaritans are famous for their suicide helpline that runs 24/7, 365 days, they also have an email address. Mind and sane have a resourceful website each. These charities are all campaigning to encourage the government to fund the mental health services.
Due to being a stay at home mum and having social anxiety problems, I am unable to go out and interview people.
(I have gathered and used some information and the facts used in this article using websites including bbc news, independent.co.uk, thesocialistworker.co.uk, mentalhealth.co.uk, sane.org.uk, theexpress.co.uk, politics.co.uk, rcpsych.ac.uk, theguardian.com, mind.org.uk)