A survey by the NHS has found that mental health services in England risk being over-run.
The survey by NHS Providers assessed that the reasons were down to rising demand and staff shortages. NHS Providers also revealed that seven in 10 mental health leaders expected demand to increase through 2017, but only one in three were confident that they had enough staff to cope with the demand.
And a recent investigation by BBC Radio 5 live Daily also revealed a growing demand of ambulance call-outs to people suffering from suspected mental health problems.
Speaking with the BBC, Louise Rubin, of the charity Mind, said part of the rise was likely to be down to an increasing trend for people with mental health problems who come into contact with the police to be transported by ambulance rather than with them.
“We are concerned that people coming forward and seeking help for mental health problems are not getting the support they need early enough, which means they are more likely to become more unwell and reach crisis point.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said: “We’re committed to seeing mental health services improve on the ground.”
She said by 2021 services would be getting an extra £1bn a year. Last year they were given £11.6bn.
She added that this would help improve crisis resolution, home treatment teams and mental health support in A&E in particular.