Mental Health Key Facts:

  • 30-50% of Primary Care workload is mental health related (especially depression).
  • 70-80% of young men in prison/offenders have a mental health condition.
  • Patients with mental health conditions who remain untreated suffer a 15-25 years’ reduction in their life expectancy and poorer quality of life.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber has a higher than average suicide level compared to other areas in the country and 78% of people who have completed suicide have seen their GP within a month prior to their death.
  • Mental health has the largest disease burden in the UK (22.8%) compared to cardiovascular disease (CVD) (16.2%) and cancer (15.9%) and yet there is a (perceived) lower focus on it. 

(Source: King's Fund)

So what are we doing in the Yorkshire and the Humber Mental Health Network?

  • Focussing on improving access to mental health crisis care by using the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat strategy  to work collaboratively with CCGs, Providers, Police and Ambulance services to share best practice and ensure equity of access to urgent/crisis services.
  • Assisting with the implementation of Better Access to Mental Health 2020 by developing Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Networks.
  • Developing Liaison Mental Health services in acute providers.
  • Developing an Urgent and Emergency Community Mental Health Care Network to support the development of crisis services. 
  • Developing a Severe Mental Illness Network to support teams to deliver the best physical and psychological support to their patients. 
  • Integrating physical and mental health via the Parity of Esteem programme (improving dementia diagnosis, access to psychological therapies and use of the Mental Capacity Act).    
  • Working collaboratively to implement transformation across Community Mental Health Teams and develop Adult Eating Disorders networks.
  • Underpinning and supporting mental health work in Public Health England and Offender Health.
  • Underpinning and supporting mental health work in NHS England North, in Children's and Young People's (CYP) mental health services and in Perinatal Mental Health.        




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