The initiatives included working with local community groups, the introduction of a new well-being service and improved training for primary care teams, in particular GP receptionists who are often the first point of contact for patients who have mental health needs. Professor Chris Dowrick, from the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, who led the research, said: “Many people with mental health problems don’t get the help and support they need. We wanted to understand why this was and explore different ways to address this. “Crucially, we found that there is a wealth of mental health expertise and knowledge in communities but it needs to be better nurtured and better coordinated. “Although GP surgeries are often the main point of access to mental health care services they are not the only point.
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Reitz: Mental health policy history has lessons
Even if that were humane, what are the costs? A visit to the emergency room costs much more than consistent care, and a year in jail costs more for a mentally ill inmate because of increased medical costs. Even being homeless costs the community. Then, there are the tragedies: mentally ill people who, unmedicated and alone, devastate communities with violent acts. What can we do?
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