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Councils spending just 1% of health budgets on mental health

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firemonkee57

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Local authorities in England are spending on average just 1% of their public health budgets on tackling mental health problems, the charity Mind has calculated.

It said the “negligible” amount undermined government commitments to put mental health issues on par with those relating to physical health.

Mind estimates just under £40m will be spent by local authorities in 2015-16, compared with nearly £664m on measures relating to sexual health, £160m on stop smoking measures, £111m on tackling obesity and £96m on promoting physical activity.

Data collected by Mind from local authorities with freedom of information requests suggested some did not intend to spend any money on mental health services, but Mind is not naming them, saying it is launching a public debate on the issue.


Councils spending just 1% of health budgets on mental health | Society | The Guardian
 
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as i said to the counciller she can close down mental health services, they've always been a useless waste of space but she should fund the library and leisure centre, personally i think community services are important
 
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By mental health services do you mean mental health trusts? If so I'm puzzled by your position Rambo. You often talk disparagingly about people refusing treatment and yet it seems you may be talking of closing down the services that provide such treatment.
I think it's important to fund both community and mental health services. It should never be a one or the other situation.
 
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Sadly it seems to be coming down to the question of what will cost the NHS the most in the long run. Obesity and smoking related illnesses cost the NHS x amount, so it's seen as better financial sense to try and knock those on the head earlier. They're also 'easier' to treat as that cause of the issue is known. Type 2 diabetes in on the increase due to increasing obesity. Solution - people lose weight. Smoking related issues cost the NHS money. Solution - get people to stop smoking. Mental illness costs the NHS money. Solution....... ummm.....
Not so 'easy'.

Seems like stupid economics though, given that a quarter of adults will have a mental health issue at some point in their lives and actually, if you address mental health issues sooner, it can save the NHS money in the long run. But politicians aren't doing 'long run', they're doing short-term ism economics.
Grrrrr.
 
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mental health services provided by the council provide things like social workers for sectioning people, they don't provide any real help i agree it is strange i disaprove of people who refuse services been sectioned, but such services are stilll been provided, theres a legal responsibility on councils to provide them as compared to any services i might find useful
 
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