Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Mental illness in UK at horrific scale

Mental illness has reached an “horrific scale” and its under-treatment by the NHS “is a shocking form of discrimination”, The Times has reported.

Mental illness now accounts for almost half of all ill health among people of working age and has the same effect on life expectancy as smoking, a report today states.

Experts have slammed the NHS for failing to provide even the most basic treatment for mental illness to people especially children.

The report, How Mental Illness Loses Out in the NHS was written by a variety of experts, with Lord Layard commenting: “Mental illness is the great hidden problem in our society. But cost-effective treatments exist. The tragedy is that so many people cannot get them and under a third of those who need help aren't in any form of treatment. This is shocking discrimination.”

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