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Thursday, 15th November 2012

UK: The Abandoned Illness

Source: Schizophrenia Commission (UK)

From Executive Summary:

People with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia still die 15-20 years earlier than other citizens.

Schizophrenia and psychosis cost society £11.8 billion a year but this could be less if we invested in prevention and effective care.

Increasing numbers of people are having compulsory treatment, in part because of the state of many acute care wards. Levels of coercion have increased year on year and are up by 5% in the last year.

Too much is spent on secure care – £1.2 billion or 19% of the mental health budget last year – with many people staying too long in expensive units when they are well enough to start back on the route to the community.

+ Links to full report (PDF 1.1 MB), Executive Summary (PDF 300 KB) and Economic Report (PDF 674 KB) from this page


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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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