‘Tipping point’ reached in mental health crisis

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A report compiled by the Mental Health Network warns that sometimes doctors cannot find acute mental health assessment beds anywhere in England.

This shortage is contributing to high A&E attendances by people with mental health problems, according to the report, which also announced ‘concerns’ that government money promised for the problem is failing to reach the front-line.

The Mental Health Network report refers to recent findings that community crisis teams are encountering increased numbers of suicides, warning that only half of community teams offer a round-the-clock crisis service.

It also says that people with a mental health problem have reported contact with at least 3 different services when experiencing a crisis, and that mental health crisis care needs to be ‘a priority area for transformation’.

Chair of the Network, Bev Humphrey, said: ‘Mental health crisis care is at a tipping point and there are sometimes no routine...