Proving that mental illness is not limited by age, social status, or environment, a series of disturbing statistics determined measures to be taken in Great Britain. After discovering that the number two cause of maternal death is suicide, new mothers will receive greater psychological support.
- 40,000 British women suffer a major mental health episode every year
- Only 10,000 of them have access to specialist perinatal mental health care
- £290 million will go into improving and creating new perinatal mental health care centers
- Mental health is the second leading cause of maternal death in Great Britain
- Suicide is the number one cause of death in British men under 50
Following the reveal of the extremely worrisome statistics, British Prime Minister David Cameron decided to employ a nation-wide mental health revolution.
The announcement will take place later today, as the British Prime Minister will pledge to put a stop to the factors causing pregnant women or fresh mothers to not have access to mental health care services.
He will also urge a nation-wide destigmatization of mental health issues, prompting citizens to be more accepting, aware, and especially more mature about the serious reality which is mental illness.
David Cameron also guarantees that each and every one of the statistical 40,000 mothers a year will have access to mental health care by the end of 2020.
Recognized is also the urgency of the matter, as most of the perinatal mental illnesses present in pregnant and postnatal women go undiscovered and untreated, leading to the second most prevalent death cause for the category after sepsis.
Oftentimes, if not most of the time, the untreated issues lead to lifelong issues for the entire family, not just for the suffering mother.
£290 million will go into the upgrade of older community perinatal mental health teams, as well as into the creation of new ones, as the plan is to raise the number of nationwide centers from 120 to at least 180 in the next five years.
The idea behind the project is to attempt to improve the quality of life in the country, as well as to hopefully save a large number of lives.
Most country specialists, along with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance, which is composed of over 60 organizations tackling the issue, agree that it was about time for something to be done about the more than lacking mental health care situation in the country.
Since one in four people suffers a major psychological health episode at some point in their lives, £400 more million will go into expanding the small number of non-hospital related psychiatric and psychological teams throughout the country.
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