March 13, 2012

MPs debate the future of crisis mental health care

Minister for Care Services, Paul Burstow, has introduced an event which explored the challenges faced by people with mental health problems in accessing emergency care.

The event, hosted by the charity Mind at the House of Commons with almost 40 MPs in attendance discussed the ongoing problems with people struggling to get help from hospitals or community teams. 

One of the suggestions for improvement focused on ensuring that "people with urgent mental health needs can get the good quality care they need, as soon as they need it".

Paul Burstow also presented findings from Mind's year long investigation Listening to experience into the state of acute and crisis care across England and Wales. He said:

"One in four people have a mental health problem, some of whom need intensive support when they reach crisis point. It's important to remember that when we talk about emergency health treatment, such as A&E, that people need emergency treatment for mental health too and they should expect the same standard of care they would get for any other health problem."

In February 2011 the Minister of State for Care Services co-launched the mental health strategy, No Health Without Mental Health, alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The strategy aims to achieve parity of esteem between mental and physical health.