Analysis

In the balance: austerity and its toll on mental health services

Loneliness to be highlighted at RCN congress 2019 as ‘a real problem for all NHS staff, not just mental health nurses’

Loneliness to be highlighted at RCN congress 2019 as ‘a real problem for all NHS staff, not just mental health nurses’

Since the financial crash more than ten years ago, living standards have been squeezed, financial insecurity has risen, and the government has overseen an austerity drive that has led to cuts in benefits and public services.

Now there is growing evidence that the effect of all these is being felt in mental health services.

1 in 2

working age people receiving benefits has a mental health problem

(Source: Money and Mental Health Policy Institute)

Socio-economic drivers are playing a significant role in rising demand for care in England, according to the latest NHS Providers report, Addressing the Care Deficit.

Worrying picture

The report includes the findings of a survey of 35 mental

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