By mental health charities & others

Policies, reports and other important documents by mental health charities and others.

.Rethink Mental Illness - Investing in recovery

April 2014 – Rethink Mental Illness

“As The Schizophrenia Commission highlighted in 2012, many inpatient wards are over-stretched and under-staffed, which can mean some people end up getting worse rather than better during their stay. Negative experiences of hospital can lead to patients becoming permanently alienated from the mental health system and scared to go back … Investing in quality community services for people with severe mental illness will mean less of a need for expensive hospital beds. But even more importantly, it will mean a fairer deal for people affected and a much better chance of recovery.”

October 2013 – Victim Support report

People with mental health problems are up to ten times more likely to become victims of crime than the general population, according to new research by charities and academics. At risk, yet dismissed: the criminal victimisation of people with mental health problems’ also found people with severe mental illness were more likely to be repeat victims of crime, yet were far less likely to be satisfied with their treatment by police. They were also more affected by crime than those without mental health problems. It is the first UK survey on crime against people with severe mental illness compared with crime against the general population. The findings paint a stark picture of the risks and the barriers people with mental health problems face in getting the help they need. The research was a partnership of Victim Support, the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Mind, the mental health charity, the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, in collaboration with UCL (University College London).”Victim Support - At risk, yet dismissed

November 2012 – The Schizophrenia Commission

100 years since Bleuler coined the term, schizophrenia remains a stigmatised and misunderstood mental illness. In a year-long inquiry, our expert commission scoped the state of care and outcomes for people living with the condition in England. We revealed a dysfunctional system that does not deliver the quality of treatment needed for recovery. Is this tolerable in the 21st century?” Includes 42 detailed recommendations.

November 2012 – London School of Economics report

“An economic report on the societal costs of schizophrenia, produced in tandem with the Schizophrenia Commission report.”

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