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The North East Public Health Observatory served as a lead for public health information on mental health and since April 2013 functions as part of Public Health England. However you can still access information on their old web site showing how your local authority area is performing in mental health
.A close relationship exists between long-term physical conditions and mental health and wellbeing. Long-term physical conditions often affect a patient’s mental health, and psychological wellbeing can also have an impact on the effectiveness of treatment for, and a patient’s ability to manage, long-
Recent HES statistics indicate
Mental Health Service Users are
twice as likely to use the acute
sector as non mental health
Despite this, many individuals do
not receive care that
addresses both their physical and
psychological needs. A Mental Health Network Report brings together the evidence
Also see Twice as Likely, a joint report from the Depression Alliance, British Heart Foundation and other charities that looks at the way people with long terms health conditions and depression are treated.
A report published by the London School of Economics revealed the horrific scale of mental illness in Britain – and how little the NHS does about it. Download the report "How Mental Illness Loses Out in the NHS"
Guidance that looks to provide a structured approach on common issues associated with maternal mental health and wellbeing, from pregnancy through the early months after the birth. focuses on the role of the health visitor but also recognises the essential contributions of partners in midwifery, mental health, general practice and third sector.
sets out the benefits and principles for health visitors, midwives, specialist mental health services and GPs working together in pregnancy and the first postnatal year, as the basis for the detailed local pathway to meet the physical and mental health and wellbeing needs of parents, babies and families
builds on good practice and evidence drawn from the professions
outlines the challenges and potential opportunities
endorses the practice of joint working and encourages an integrated approach to service deliver
The drastic fall in Health Visitors since 2004 has been reversed in recent years with a strong Government committment to raise the number of Health Visitors trained by 4000 by 2015. based on 2009/10 staffing numbers. By May 2013 the Government had added between 500- 600 Health Visitors to the 2010 numbers depending on if one considers FTEs or pure head count so it has along way to go. Hopefully this will not impact on implementation of the new guidance as GPs are also complaining of increased workloads due to their new commissioning responsibilities and midwife staffing levels in some areas of the country are also under pressure
The Link Between Schizophrenia and Heart Disease
A new study on the link between Cardiovascular disease (CVD) and schizophrenia. CVD is the leading cause of premature death in schizophrenia patients, who die from heart and blood vessel disorders at twice the rate of people without the mental disorder.