Mental Health report: GPs and supporting young peopleWatch
In the report are some pretty shocking statistics, including that 77% of GPs think that the mental health support available for young people is not good enough.
You can read a summary, and the full report, using the following link:
What do you think about this?
Are you surprised?
What have your experiences been if you've seen your GP for your mental health?
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Thankfully I’ve never needed to seek GP help for mental health, but talking as someone who works/studies within the NHS, services in general are overstretched, and mental health is no exception.
Furthermore, with the pandemic bringing a standstill to many routine services, the backlog is massive and so this issue doesn’t look like it’ll be resolved any time soon. Add to that insufficient funding and shoddy management, the picture doesn’t look great.
The mental health system in this country is broken, it's always been broken. Of course there are some very competent professionals that work in it, however this is a systemic problem.
One question that on one seems to be asking is- why are rates of mental distress/ illness so high? Society is ****ed, I tell you.
i do appreciate tho it's complicated for the government to finance mental health services cuz so many people struggle with it (just look at the report in the op: 55 percent of 16-25 year-olds have gone to their GP re mental health) and cuz 'fixing' serious mental health issues might take years of treatment. we'd have to start taking mental health as seriously as physical health to make some real change, but not sure the government or the taxpayer is ready to.