According to Age UK’s latest report, mental health services in England frequently fail to meet the level of demand arising from an ageing population. Around one-third of mental health trusts in England are inadequately prepared concerning the provision of integrated care for people aged over 65 and who have both mental and physical health needs.
Mental health services are failing older people. London: Age UK, October 12th 2016.
This relates to:
Stickland, N. [and] Gentry, T. (2016). Hidden in plain sight: the unmet mental health needs of older people. London: Age UK, October 2016.
Possibly also of interest, from the self-care angle:
Your mind matters: ideas and tips for emotional wellbeing. London: Age UK, September 2016.
Deprivation: Health Inequalities in Mental Illness Recovery (NHS Digital)
Interestingly, an NHS Digital report on outcomes from the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme indicates a strong link between socio-economic deprivation and the likelihood of recovering from anxiety and depression, following talking therapies, including counselling, CBT and peer support.
The report also shows how recovery rates vary with gender and ethnicity. Recovery rates are higher amongst white ethnicities, and appear to be lowest for Asian or Asian British Pakistani males.
The overall national IAPT recovery rate is 46.3%.
Psychological Therapies: Annual Report on the use of IAPT services. England, 2015-16. London: NHS Digital, October 18th 2016.