A success for the NHS: Improvement of mental health services

Many people still believe that not enough is being done in the terms of facilities for mental health services, especially for young people. 

The Guardian's research however suggests that this is from a small handful of hospitals with “outdated” information and statistics, causing doubt to be cast over the original claims.

The reality is that in just London alone, the number of mental health beds has risen 25% since 2017. What the NHS are planning to do in the future is to extend the support that people can get to outside of the health sector. New initiatives for mental health services in communities are to be put into place, suggesting that the baton of mental health services is being passed on to the people closer to home. Its suggested in the next 4-5 years, 345,000 more children and young people will have been helped each year, suggesting an almost impossible number thinking about what the mental health situation was just a few years ago.

The health sector now focusing on waiting times, staff and patient communication and also access to these services are some of the factors that the NHS has previously highlighted. Is it true that the country now has a grasp on the ever-growing problem of mental health services in the UK? No, but a major improvement has been seen over the previous years and now making not only mental health services but also facilities that tackle this problem more accessible to young people.

According to the parliament website, a staggering 1 in 6 people now experience depression and bipolar or something adjacent to. The number of people speaking out about this problem is also increasing, so hopefully in the future, with the steps that the NHS are planning to put into place, such as better community centres and an increased funding in art programmed the problem can revised and tried to be avoided. All that is known now is mental health services are improving, especially for young people, now it is just the conversation and stigma that needs to be normalised so more can speak out and feel comfortable to do so.

[Words by Daisy Prince]