Published on 18/06/2012
Only a quarter of people under the age of 65 with mental health problems are receiving care, according to a new report.
The Mental Health Policy Group- a team of psychologists, doctors, NHS managers and economists from the London School of Economics- said that three-quarters of people with depression or anxiety receive no treatment.
Their report found that among those under 65, nearly half of all ill-health was mental illness. A total six million people suffer from depression or anxiety conditions in the UK.
The group said there was evidence that approaches like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) led to rapid recovery from depression or anxiety disorders in over 40 per cent of cases.
However, NHS managers have been accused by the group of ‘shocking discrimination’ in commissioning mental health services for people without private medical insurance.
£400m is earmarked by the government for psychological therapy for people with mental health conditions. But the committee said that managers are not using this money for its intended purpose because they have no obligation to do so. They say:
“The under-treatment of people with crippling mental illnesses is the most glaring case of health inequality in our country."
“It is a shocking form of discrimination because effective psychological treatments exist but are still not widely enough available.”
Lord Layard said: "Mental health is so central to the health of individuals and of society that it needs its own cabinet minister."
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