Medicalnewstoday.com - UNISON General Secretary, Dave Prentis, called for mental health services to be supported, to make sure they can help anxious Britons through the recession. The call comes following a Mental Health Foundation* report that showed levels of anxiety are on the up, with people fearing the world is a more frightening place than it used to.
Dave Prentis said:
"The recession inevitably takes a toll on public health and we are already getting reports of increased demand for help from patients suffering from anxiety, stress and depression. Mental health services, already under pressure, will be stretched even further in the months to come.
"Together with other essential services provided by the public sector, mental health services are the first line of defence for communities and families against the worst effects of the credit crunch. These services must be supported, making funding cuts now would be madness."
*The report - In the Face of Fear - is available from the Mental Health Foundation