Theresa May admits UK mental health services are ‘patchy’

  • Theresa May says the UK’s mental health services are “patchy” and has told Newsbeat she’s going to review them.
  • “The National Citizens Service will build in mental health awareness,” the prime minister explained.
  • “I saw some of the first sets of training that we’re doing for teachers and staff in schools so they can better identify when young people have mental health problems and to know what is the right support to give to those young people.”
  • We’ve increased the number of mental health beds for young people and we’re putting record amounts of funding into mental health in the national health service.
  • “That’s why one of the things I’ve been doing is actually looking at the community mental health services for young people and reviewing that across the country because it is patchy.

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Mental health police incidents at ‘shocking’ levels

  • “We have reviewed and made significant improvements in the way that we record police incidents that are linked to mental health and this is reflected in the data.
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  • Parliament Street, which studies political issues, called for greater investment in mental health services.
  • Parliament Street’s mental health spokesman, Danny Bowman, said: “These findings reveal the shocking numbers of mental health issues currently being dealt with by police forces across the country.
  • A government spokesman said: “People experiencing mental health crisis need the right care in the right place, not a police cell.

Figures show police faced 240,000 incidents involving people with mental health issues in 2016.
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Dementia now leading cause of death

  • Dementia now leading cause of death
  • For men heart disease remained the leading cause of death in 2015.
  • Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, latest figures reveal.
  • The bulk of the dementia deaths seen were among women – 41,283, compared to 20,403 dementia deaths in men in 2015.
  • There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK.

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales.
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More people caring for someone with cancer

  • Last week, a charity said the number of people in their 80s or older who are relied on as carers had soared in the last seven years.
  • The Department of Health is consulting on how it can improve support for carers.
  • Fran Woodard, of Macmillan Cancer Support, said there was an urgent need to ensure the right support was in place for people caring for loved ones with cancer.
  • The estimated number of those carers in 2016 was 1,416,000 compared with 1,080,000 in 2011.
  • ‘Hidden army’ of carers in their 80s, says Age UK

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The number of people caring for someone with cancer in the UK has risen to almost 1.5 million, according to a cancer charity.

More people caring for someone with cancer