Reset of the way we plan and deliver mental health services is needed

Sean Duggan

The global Covid-19 pandemic is likely to increase the number of people in Britain experiencing a mental health problem in the next two years, according to an analysis published today by Centre for Mental Health

Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, said:

“The impact of Covid-19 on mental health services will be felt long after the current emergency subsides.

“Our members are preparing to meet additional demand for services while also protecting the wellbeing of their staff and continuing to support some of the most marginalised in our society.

“There has quite rightly been huge investment in physical health services during this crisis.  

“What must not be ignored is the role of mental health: we know that when patients’ mental wellbeing is looked after, physical health outcomes are better and that the provision of appropriate psychological support has the power to benefit the entire health and care system.

“We will not get through what comes next by relying on business as usual. Health leaders are clear that a reset of the way that we plan and deliver services is needed as we emerge from the peak of the pandemic and this must include parity of esteem for mental healthcare.

“Without additional resources we risk exacerbating the long-term effects of this terrible virus.”


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