The number of people with mental health disorders in the UK has risen dramatically in recent years, with more than 20,000 of them living in hospitals and prisons.
Many of them are under-diagnosed, with mental illness as a contributing factor.
Yet a growing body of evidence suggests that mental health treatment could be improved, in part because of better communication between health professionals and patients.
What we need to know Mental health care has become an increasingly important public health issue, with people spending £7 billion a year on mental health services, according to the mental health charity Mind.
This means that mental illness is a significant financial burden for society, but many of us don’t know how to help our loved ones cope with their illness.
We know that there is a strong link between mental illness and social isolation, but we don’t yet know how best to treat those with mental illnesses, or the conditions they experience.
Here, we explore the issues that have led to the development of this new framework of care, which has the potential to address some of the key barriers to improving mental health in our society.
How does it work?
There are two basic ways in which a mental health professional can help someone with a mental illness: mental health chat or social support.
These are two different services, which are offered by different organisations, and there are two types of chat: one for the clinician and the other for the patient.
These two services are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
They both have different aims, but they both work to support each other, and to help people who are struggling to deal with their mental health.
What are the key features of a mental care chat?
It is an interactive, structured service, designed to facilitate the patient’s understanding of their mental state, so that they can make decisions and respond appropriately to the treatment that they need.
The clinician will help the patient in different ways.
They may ask questions about their mental illness, or provide information about how to support the patient through the treatment process.
They might provide a support group for patients, or give advice on coping strategies for the treatment.
In this type of chat, the clinican will be the one talking to the patient, and the patient will be part of the discussion.
This is the type of mental health service most people see.
The patient will have the opportunity to engage in a structured discussion, such as reading a book, talking to friends, or listening to music.
In the first phase of a treatment, the patient may have the option to participate in a ‘test session’, where they can give an oral or written report about the mental state they are in.
If a patient is experiencing a lot of distress, or if they are experiencing flashbacks, the client may be able to provide more detailed information about their symptoms, and share their thoughts about the nature of the disorder.
A person’s thoughts may be recorded for later use, or may be shared with other people who have access to the client’s mental health information.
In a social support chat, a mental healthcare professional will work with the patient to explore their thoughts and feelings, and provide support and information about the symptoms, which may include talking about specific topics such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, or relationship difficulties.
This type of treatment is usually provided by a mental wellbeing team, which will be made up of a clinician, a social worker, a nurse, a psychologist, and a social care worker.
What is the problem?
In the UK, a significant number of patients who are experiencing a mental disorder are unable to receive help, or unable to access treatment, because of barriers to care.
This may be due to a lack of funding, stigma around mental health and social issues, a lack, for example, of a specialist, qualified therapist, or a combination of all of these factors.
What can be done?
Mental health professionals can be particularly effective in providing support to patients who experience a lot or all of the following symptoms: depression and anxiety, a range of other psychological disorders, eating disorders, anxiety and panic attacks, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, or anxiety-related disorders.
They can also help patients with other symptoms such as self-harm, substance misuse, or self-harming behaviour.
This kind of mental healthcare supports can be helpful for people who struggle to cope with illness and who are seeking help.
What kind of support can be provided?
A mental health specialist who is available to work with patients who have difficulties accessing or accessing the support they need can be very effective at helping them cope with the symptoms they experience, and also at providing information and support about the treatment, including the potential side effects and side effects management, and any associated risks or consequences.
This person may be available to meet the patient for a short time and, if needed, refer them to another specialist.
A social worker or nurse may also be