Health and wellbeing services are increasingly under pressure from an increasingly vocal minority, who are increasingly concerned about the quality of care they receive and want their money back, according to a new report.
The report, released on Thursday, said that the “public health emergency” has prompted a significant rise in the number of people accessing mental health and physical health services across the country.
In Scotland, for example, the proportion of people who said they were seeing a GP has more than doubled since 2012.
And in England, where the majority of people are on NHS mental health funding, the number has more then tripled since 2011.
The report says mental health care services have been under pressure for years but that the public have taken it to the next level.
“People have felt increasingly vulnerable, and increasingly isolated, as the NHS has been overwhelmed with the volume of mental health cases and the impact of the mental health crisis,” said Sarah MacFarlane, research director of the Mental Health Association.
“We’ve seen a surge in the numbers of people seeking help and for the first time, we are seeing a rise in services being offered,” she added.
“This is a worrying development.
People need access to the services they need to feel safe and secure in their lives, and not just the services offered to them.”
The report highlights a number of worrying trends, including:The number of mental healthcare referrals has increased from 14,000 in 2015 to almost 26,000 now, according the report, with people seeking treatment at an average of every four days.
In the first eight months of 2017, the average person seeking help for mental health in England received 616,000 consultations, which the report says was up from 567,000 the previous year.
“Many people are seeking help to cope with life, their family and relationships, which means they are increasingly vulnerable to the mental and physical illness they are experiencing,” MacFairy said.
“This is compounded by the increasing number of patients being seen in hospital, with some in intensive care, while others are discharged and have no treatment or care available for their mental health.”
The most worrying finding in the report is that the majority (59 per cent) of people surveyed by the Mental Heath Association were not aware of the “emergency” which has resulted in them being offered services.
This is despite the fact that most people are aware that NHS mental and mental health are facing a “emerging public health emergency”.
“In the UK, there are more than 10,000 mental health professionals and services working across the NHS, providing services for a variety of mental and emotional health conditions,” the report said.
“But people are becoming more aware of this emergency, which is creating a crisis for mental and psychiatric services across this country.”
While the report did not go into specific numbers, it is clear that many people have not yet seen the full impact of these changes.
“I have noticed people in my office who are very distressed about this situation, as if they have never seen it before,” Macfarlane said.
For example, one patient in her care was “bored” at the time of the report and had not received any treatment.
But the number who said that they were seeking help was “significantly higher”, and MacFane said that people who have been in crisis and need help are “very worried about the outcome of this crisis”.
“They are very anxious and they are very frightened about what’s going to happen to them,” she said.
The National Mental Health Alliance (NMHA) said it would be “unacceptable” for the NHS to be “overwhelmed” by the demands of the crisis.
The group has called on the government to increase funding for mental healthcare, with funding to be increased to £1.6 billion over five years.
The NHS has recently announced it will increase its mental health spending to £2.6bn a year, which it says is the “safest” way to deliver the best possible care.
The mental health service in Scotland is set to be expanded, with the NHS also considering expanding services in England and Wales.