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  • Chair of Healthwatch Lancashire talks about problem of mental illness

    Henry James

    MENTAL illness is an increasingly serious problem in Lancashire, says Mike Wedgeworth, Chair of Healthwatch Lancashire, and adds there is a definite link with deprivation.

    He believes that tackling the problem of low pay and unemployment is some part of the answer to improving mental health.

    He said: “There is some good news as figures from Public Health England also show that treatments for depression are proving successful, with over 60% of sufferers recovering through a national scheme known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.

    “Healthwatch Lancashire is currently testing whether these improvements are reflected by lay people. Healthwatch Lancashire is asking the public about their experience of getting the help they need with a wide range of mental health conditions.

    “We have spoken to over 200 people and our hope is that our findings will point the way to further improvements, and will help to ensure that mental health is no longer the ‘Cinderella’ of the National Health Service. The full report will be published shortly and sent to those who commission and provide mental health services.”


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