Freedom of Information requests have shown that the UK government has cut the mental health services budget by a significant margin over the course of this parliament.
Demand for mental health services is rising
Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show that a quarter of people in the UK will experience mental health issues in a year. Demand for mental health services is rising. A study by mental health charity Mind shows that two million more UK adults will need these services by 2030. However, figures show that mental health trusts in England have seen their budgets fall by nearly £60 million since 2010.
Mental health budgets slashed by 8.29%
BBC News and Community Care sent out Freedom of Information requests to the majority of mental health trusts in England; 56. Responses were received from 43 of those trusts, but they didn’t all provide data on every area requested. These statistics were used to compare mental health trust budgets from 2010-11 with 2014-15.
Analysis shows that in real terms £598 million (8.29%) has been stripped from their budgets since 2010. Yet demand for these services has risen; referral rates at 29 trusts have climbed 18.5% from 2010 – 2015.
“Asked to do more with less.”
When he heard the news Professor Simon Wessley, who serves as the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, commented that he was surprised that things weren’t worse.
The BBC reported that he said: “We are being asked to do more with less. We are campaigning and saying that people need to be more open about mental health problems and come forward earlier. But when they do, we find ourselves with less resources to treat them and they are getting short-changed.”
We need more counsellors
With mental health trusts being asked to do more with fewer resources, the UK needs more counsellors. Counselling is a talking therapy which provides people living with mental health conditions with an opportunity to talk their issues through with a trained professional.
You can help alleviate the burden on the UK’s mental health services by training to become a counsellor. Chrysalis courses provide a range of training programmes that can teach you everything you need to know to develop a career in counselling.
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