Mental Health

One in four people in the UK will suffer a mental health problem in the course of a year (The Mental Health Foundation).  The cost of mental health problems to the economy in England have recently been estimated at £105 billion, and treatment costs are expected to double in the next 20 years (Department of Health).  Mental Health is high on the government’s agenda, with a new strategy, ‘No Health without Mental Health’, published by the Department of Health in 2011.  The strategy takes a cross government approach with a focus on outcomes for people with mental illness.  Locally, profiles and assessments of need are available to download below, which should be used to support commissioners of health and social care services in their decision making, leading to the improvement of mental health and mental health services.  Headlines for Derby City in 2013 include:

  • Conduct disorders (characterised by repeated episodes of severe aggressive and anti-social behaviour) are the most common CAMHS (Child and Adult Mental Health Services) diagnosis both overall and among young offenders
  • The estimated prevalence of common mental health disorders in the City is the highest in Derbyshire at 158.8 per 1,000 population, with the most common diagnosis being mixed anxiety and depression
  • The most common primary diagnosis on mental health admissions is mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use
  • Hospital admissions for intentional self-harm (aged 18+) are significantly higher than average
  • The mortality rate from suicide and injury of undetermined intent is similar to the rate for England
  • Hospital admissions to acute and specialist care for both eating disorders overall and anorexia specifically, are significantly higher than the East Midlands average
  • The rate of section 136 police detentions (whereby individuals are judged to be in need of “immediate care or control” in a public place) by Derbyshire Constabulary is higher than the England average.

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