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Unacceptable difference in mental health outcomes

People in England who have had mental health problems are five times as likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency as those who have not, a study from the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation shows.

Professor John Ashton, President of FPH, commented on the study's findings:

“FPH welcomes the publication of this report. For too long, we have thought of the mind and body as needing to be treated in different ways, even though good physical and mental health are very much connected. Mental health issues impact on all of us at some point in our lives and this may be why we are so reluctant to address them.

"The report highlights how people in England who have had mental health problems are five times as likely to be admitted to hospital as an emergency as those who have not.. This is unacceptable and shows why public health services need to take a preventative approach to promoting good mental health and wellbeing.

“Public mental health is an FPH priority which we are addressing via our resource, Better Mental Health For All, and we would welcome further examples of good practice. The report also demonstrates how mental health is a key factor in health inequalities, and one that public health, NHS and social care services must work together to address.”

Written: 14/10/2015 , last modified: 21/03/2016