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The UK government has for a number of years highlighted the necessity to prioritise mental health services in the NHS. This was set out very clearly in "No Health Without Mental Health: A Cross-Government Mental Health Outcomes Strategy for People of All Ages". The strategy outlined the scale of the challenge in no uncertain terms; for example: one in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. It also highlighted the massive costs to the economy, associated stigma and social inequality, plus the correlation between mental illness and poor physical health outcomes.

This challenge is particularly great in the East Midlands. The National Centre of Social Research reports that depressive episodes are high among people living in the region. People in the East Midlands are more likely to have had a depressive episode than people in the rest of the country (3.9% compared to 2.2%).

The rate of depressive episodes in the East Midlands area is greatest among women (with 5.2% experiencing a depressive episode in the East Midland compared with 2.5% in the rest of England). The rate is particularly high among younger women (16-39 years).

People with severe mental illness are in some cases 3-4 times more likely to die prematurely from the big killer diseases and have a reduced life expectancy of 15-20 years, yet the majority of reasons for this are avoidable.

You can read the latest Government report on mental health here; Mental health services: achieving better access by 2020.

Current and completed initiatives include;
  • The Derbyshire Integrated Digital Mental Health Service project (Big White Wall) - online support service 

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