Budget Cuts leave Number of Adults with Mental Health Problems without Key Social Care Support

MentalAn analysis by Mind, a leading charity, has found that budget cuts have disastrous effects on people with mental health problems. They are unable to have the needed social care that can prevent their health to deteriorate further.

Data from a research published by the London School of Economics was retrieved by the charity. Since 2005, a drop of 48% was witnessed in the number of mental health service users for social care support when demographic changes were considered.

A decline of 21% has been witnessed in the number of adults who had received social care support. Cuts to local authority social care budgets are majorly responsible for the funding shortfall. A dip by 33% was seen in the number of people with physical health needs receiving social care support.

Paul Farmer, Mind's Chief Executive, said the findings clearly reveal that the government has been unable to see a larger picture of their decisions. "In reality it is cheaper to provide preventative services like social care, which help people affected by mental health problems at an earlier stage, in comparison to crisis services that are currently understaffed", said Farmer.

Farmer has requested the government to come up with more reasonable ways for social care than the current plans. Even, frontline social workers have raised concerns over funding for services.

Steve Chamberlain, head of The College of Social Work (TCSW)'s network of Approved Mental Health Professionals, said the situation gives an impression that more cuts to funding will be seen in next two to three years.
It seems they are unable to intervene and work with people to access social elements that can prove helpful in maintaining mental health and avoid crisis.