Mental Health Deaths Double In Three Years
The number of unexpected mental health deaths in England has doubled in three years, findings suggest. The statistics was gathered for the BBC's Panorama program based on results from half of mental health trusts. Suicide, neglect, and misadventure are identified as reasons for the increasing rate of deaths.
In England, thirty-three mental health trusts out of a total of 57 complied to the Panorama Freedom of Information request. The Department of Health in England stated the increase was "expected" after changes to the way deaths were recorded were implemented. The trust report a total of 2,067 unexpected deaths in 2012 and 2013, which had risen to 3,160 by 2015 and 2016.
Health analysts point at decreased funding for mental health trusts as primary cause of the rise in mental health deaths. The cut in health budget have led to numerous reports of decreasing quality of services including in the mental health sector. New analysis for Panorama from the Health Foundation indicates that mental health facilities suffer a large cut in their funding by £150m over the past four years, compared with the national health spending of £8bn, the BBC reports.
Marjorie Wallace, from the mental health charity Sane, comments on how shocked she was by the rise in unexpected deaths. "We are particularly concerned because these are the most vulnerable people that we have entrusted into the care of mental health services," she says. However, the spokesman of the Department of Health explains that the increase in the number of deaths was anticipated since the NHS has been improving the way such incidents are recorded and investigated after several past failures.
According to The Canary, since mental health issues are still highly stigmatized, patients have nowhere to run to as the governments continuously cuts budget for patient care. In addition, the government's modification of the employment systems is likely to cause more people to develop mental health issues. This means that mental health deaths may still rise in the future.
Mental Health Conversations Can Eradicate Stigma
While kindness and compassion are comforting, what people with mental health problems really need is an open conversation about the stigma they experience. This is why charities have organized a Time to Talk day for people with mental issues to share their expereinces on a personal level, which could help lessen the stigma.
Mental Health: Teens Who Seek Mental Care Have Less Depression In Adolescence
A new study found that 14-year-old teens who seek mental health services have less depressive symptoms in late adolescence. A seven times increase of risk of being diagnosed for clinical depression is reported by age 17 for those without medical help.
Depression Goes Away When You Sit Up Straight
Good posture such as sitting straight is effective in warding off depression symptoms, a new study says. It effectively enhances mood, increases enthusiasm, and lessens fatigue.
Outdoor Swimming May Improve Physical And Mental Health
New studies reveal the health benefits you can get from outdoor swimming. From a healthy, glowing, skin, stronger resistance, to a happier mood, open water swimming definitely proves to be an invigorating form of exercise and fun.
Fifty Shades-Style Sex Boosts Physical And Mental Health
Psychologists say that Fifty Shades-style sex can greatly boost physical and mental health. Health benefits include lowering of stress levels which could significantly improve quality of health of the couple.
Trump's Mental Health Challenged By Political Colleagues
Senator Al Franken reveals what his political colleagues really think about Trump's mental health. Some of them, he says, are deeply worried about the president's temperament as he displays some unprecedented behavior as an American president.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
How to Effectively Support Your Business Customers
Today, managed service providers (MSPs) must deploy effective and fast solutions to optimize their efficiency.
Here's How You Can Watch The SpaceX Starlink 7 Launch That's Happening Tonight
The Starlink 7 launch will be sent into orbit aboard a Falcon 9 rocket soon. If you're interested in watching the launch of 60 satellites into orbit, then here's how to watch it yourself.
Game Developer Star Theory Employees Poached After Canceled Contract With Game Publisher Take-Two
Star Theory employees were relieved of their game developing duties. Take-Two game developer tries to poach Star Theory employees.