Sunday 21 January 2018

Just 25pc of people with mental illness treated

Ella Pickover in London

Three-quarters of people suffering from mental illness in Britain are not getting treatment.

A damning report has found that mental illness now accounts for nearly half of all ill health suffered by people in Britain -- and it can be more debilitating than some chronic diseases -- but only a quarter of those involved are receiving treatment.

Two-fifths of patients suffering from anxiety or depression can recover if they are treated.

The authors said that if treatments were more widely available, it would cost the NHS little or nothing because it would produce savings in other healthcare areas.

Mental illness can manifest itself in physical symptoms and the group of experts estimate such symptoms cost the NHS at least £10bn (€12.37bn).

"Despite the existence of cost-effective treatments it (mental illness) receives only 13pc of NHS expenditure," it said.

"The under-treatment of people with mental illness is the most glaring cause of health inequality," the report stated.

Irish Independent

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