Research and Markets: NHS Announce GBP1 Billion Investment in Mental Health Services

Feb 15, 2016, 10:56 ET from Research and Markets

DUBLIN, Ireland, February 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

The global depression drugs market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 5.25% by 2019, according to a recent report available from Research and Markets. The report notes how antidepressants are proving less popular than alternative treatments, a sentiment echoed today by the National Health Service of England. The NHS has announced a GBP1 billion investment in mental health services, to be delivered annually by 2020-2021. A key focus of the investment will be a 24/7 community care service for those experiencing mental health crises.

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The NHS aims to transform its mental health services over the next 10 years through the expansion of community-based services and the implementation of the aforementioned 24/7 service. The NHS hopes to also offer crisis resolution and home treatment teams as an alternative to acute inpatient admissions.

Every year, more than five billion antidepressant prescriptions are written globally as highlighted in a recent report. However, such medication is used as a 'one-size-fits-all' answer to mental health problems, rather than addressing specific causes. As stated in the recently published Encyclopedia of Mental Health. Edition No. 2, there are many genetic, neurological, social and psychological factors that affect the mental health of both the individual and society. By providing a more comprehensive service focused on therapies rather than medication, the NHS aims to greatly improve the quality of life for more than a million people in Britain currently suffering from mental health crises. 

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