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Experts call for more spending on mental health

Published on 21/10/2009
The government, the NHS and other medical industry bodies have been called upon to focus their funding and efforts on mental health research.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, the amount of funding invested in this sector needs to increase three-fold to £200 million a year in order to address the growing prevalence of mental illnesses in the UK.

Figures show that mental health problems account for 15 per cent of the UK's "disease burden", but only receives five per cent of health research spending.

Sophie Corlett, director of external relations at mental health charity Mind, said: "There is evidence to show that people's mental health can have a significant impact on their physical health.

"Funding for mental health research is woefully disproportionate to the pressure that mental distress places on the economy and society as a whole, let alone the impact it has on people's lives."

National statistics show that one in four people will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with women more likely to receive treatment than men.
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