Executive overview of the impact of cuts on mental health service provision from Kings Fund Report (2016), Mental health foundation, Young Minds (2015), specialneedsjungle (2016), Mind (2014). Finally a section relating to interviews of workers and carers.
Mental health problems are a growing public health concern. They are prevalent not
just in the UK, but around the world.
Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease
Mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug
use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing
over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.
Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability
worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in England will experience a mental
health problem in any given year.
The extent of mental health problems
One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any
Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the burden of disease
worldwide. In the UK, they are responsible for the largest burden of disease
- 28% of the burden, compared to 16% each for cancer and heart disease.
The cost of mental health problems
Mental health services in the UK are overstretched, have long waiting times
and, in some regions, lack specialist services. Despite this, public spending is
focused almost entirely on coping with crisis, with only a significant investment
in prevention. Mental health research receives only 5.5% (£115 million) of
total UK health research spending.
Mental health problems constitute the largest single source of world
economic burden, with an estimated global cost of £1.6 trillion - greater
than cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes
on their own.
In the UK, the estimated costs of mental health problems are £70-100 billion
each year and account for 4.5% of GDP