Is mental health care improving?

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Dormon, Felicity
Health Foundation
Date of publication
1 March 2015
Mental health services
Social welfare
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This overview uses the available data to assess the quality of health care services for people with mental health problems in England. It focuses on three different groups: adults with common mental health problems, adults with severe and enduring mental health problems, and children and young people. It is concluded that:

  • The availability of services for adults with common mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety disorders, is improving.
  • Demand for secondary care (which generally treats people with severe mental health problems) is increasing, and there is evidence to suggest services are becoming less accessible and treatment more coercive
  • There is very little national information about mental health services for children and young people, and what information there is suggests quality is declining.

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