NHS crisis: Mental health scandal of 450,000 untreated people

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Mental health scandal

Mental health scandal

Tomorrow Deputy PM Nick Clegg will make a speech pledging to improve the standards of mental health treatment and “bring mental health out of the shadows

Nearly half a million people with a mental health condition were denied counselling last year.

Only half of those who asked for NHS treatment received it, a report by the Health and Social Care Information Centre has revealed. A shocking 450,000 people missed out and 300,000 are known to have simply given up waiting.

The problem has been blamed on a shortage of counsellors and NHS trusts cutting mental health budgets.

The situation again exposes the problems people suffering from mental health ­problems face.

Tomorrow the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will make a keynote speech pledging to improve the standards of mental health treatment and “bring mental health out of the shadows”.

He will also vow to increase the help for young people suffering from conditions such as ­depression and bipolar disorder.

The Sunday Mirror has been campaigning since last year for better treatment for people with mental health conditions.

With the backing of ex-boxer Frank Bruno, who has bipolar disorder, we are urging the Government to increase spending and end cuts to mental health services.

We are also supporting the Time To Talk campaign, which aims to get millions of people talking about the issue on February 6.

 

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