LONDON (Reuters) – The British government’s mental health system has been hit by a furor of misinformation and mis-information from a growing number of people with mental health conditions, as well as from non-clinical professionals, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSIC) said on Wednesday.
The report, based on interviews with 1,000 people with a range of mental health problems, showed a rise in misinformation, particularly about mental health in general, and a rise of people being told to go to hospital when they were ill.
“This is the first time we’ve seen a rise, not just in mental health but also in the mental health sector overall, with a significant increase in the number of non-medical people being misled and misinformed about mental illness,” said Dr Jonathan Lewis, who led the research.
He said some mental health professionals were increasingly reluctant to speak up about their patients, fearing that it would be seen as a sign of weakness or weakness in the profession.
The study also found that many people had not been treated for mental health issues, but were still at risk of mental illness.
“The UK is the only developed country that does not provide any funding for mental healthcare,” Lewis said.
“It is a shame that the UK is such a poor performer.”
The HSIC said it was aware of the increase in non-hospitalisation but had been unable to identify where that was occurring.
“We are working hard to make sure we have more funding for people who need help, but we need to do more to make this work,” said the charity’s chief executive, Jo Johnson.