The Government is facing calls to boost support for people struggling with mental health and depression following a series of revelations about the care and treatment of people in the mental health system.
The number of people who are being assessed as having a mental health condition is rising dramatically, according to new figures released on Tuesday.
About 20,000 people a year are being given mental health assessments, compared with about 12,000 in 2010, and that figure is expected to rise further this year, according a Government spokesperson.
Some experts are calling for a rethink of the assessment process, with some questioning why some people are being made to undergo a series inpatient assessments.
“People with a mental illness are being put through this process for a mental disorder,” said Dr Alan Giddings, professor of mental health at Liverpool John Moores University.
“They are often put through it because they’re deemed to be at high risk for a range of things, and so there is a lack of understanding of how we might intervene.”
Dr Giddingers said he was “very concerned” about the increasing number of assessments, which are not being carried out properly, and questioned why the Government had not introduced a more robust approach.
The Department of Health said in a statement: “Mental health assessments are not appropriate for everyone.
People should be treated in their own way.”
It added that there had been a marked increase in the number of referrals made to mental health services since the election, with the number increased by nearly 400% in 2016-17.
“While the Government recognises the importance of mental wellbeing, the current system does not provide sufficient services for all people and can have a significant impact on people’s ability to make decisions about their care,” it added.
Dr Geddings said that if the Government does not act to change the system, “we will have to make some difficult decisions”.
He said there was a “huge disconnect” between what was happening to people and what the Government was doing to improve mental health.
“There is a huge disconnect between what is happening in the community and what is actually happening,” he said.
“We know there is this lack of support and support is inadequate, but we also know there are people in these situations who need a bit more.”
Mr Trump’s mental health policy ‘not a failure’ The new data was released after a series by the ABC on the way the government dealt with people with mental illness and mental health issues.
It revealed that the Government did not have enough money to cover mental health assessment fees.
It also revealed that people who were deemed “at high risk” of suffering a mental condition had been assessed and placed in a psychiatric ward.
In the past year, more than 4,000 individuals have been assessed in a range or types of treatment, compared to about 5,000 a year in the previous 10 years.
“These figures are not a failure,” said Mr Trump.
In the latest Government White Paper, published last month, it was also stated that mental health was a priority. “
I think if we had a little more money we could do more, but it’s just not enough.”
In the latest Government White Paper, published last month, it was also stated that mental health was a priority.
“Our commitment to the mental wellbeing of the American people is unshakable and unbreakable,” it read.
“As President Trump said in his inaugural address, ‘the American people are ready to rise up, not fall, to take back their country.'”