‘tragedy that so many are los­ing their lives’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Mental Health Support -

Men­tal health char­ity Mind wants tar­gets to ex­tend to every­one leav­ing hos­pi­tal af­ter a men­tal health cri­sis.

Its find­ings show the lack of ap­pro­pri­ate fol­low-up is also putting pressure on the NHS as peo­ple are not get­ting the help they need to re­cover.

Those not fol­lowed up within seven days were more than twice as likely to end up in A&E as a re­sult of their is­sues within a first week of dis­charge.

So­phie Cor­lett, Mind’s direc­tor of ex­ter­nal re­la­tions, said: “Thou­sands of peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems are not get­ting the ap­pro­pri­ate fol­low-up when they are first dis­charged from hos­pi­tal.

“It is a tragedy that so many peo­ple so very re­cently leav­ing the care of hos­pi­tal are los­ing their lives. The govern­ment has put sui­cide preven­tion as a key pa­tient safety is­sue and pledged to re­duce sui­cides by 10 per cent in five years.

“Time­lier fol­low-up for pa­tients af­ter they leave hos­pi­tal could help achieve this.

“If you don’t get the right care af­ter you leave, if you’re left to cope alone, you can end up in a re­volv­ing door go­ing straight back in to hos­pi­tal or be at risk of tak­ing your own life.”

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