One in four adults and one in 10 children experience mental illness (Source: NHS England and many more know and care for those affected by it. Mental ill health is a broad issue but the costs are acute, impacting on individuals, their families, carers, wider society and the NHS (Source: NHS England).
The NHS Long Term Plan commits to growing investment in mental health services faster than the overall budget. This includes investment into areas such as:
- Children and young people’s mental health
- Perinatal mental health
- Adult mental health: common mental health
- Adult mental health: community, acute and crisis care
Together, through innovation and improvements, we can use this budget to enhance the quality of care patients receive and create opportunities for prevention and faster intervention so more people receive the help they need.
We also need to give particular attention to the neurodiverse, since neurodiversity and mental health conditions often co-occur, with a number autistic people exhibiting signs of OCD, insomnia, and ADHD. (Source: NHS). Our programmes in autism and learning disability seek to address this.