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rethinkmentalillnessSeptember 3 2014

Concerns have been raised that community pharmacy’s potential contribution to help tackle mental health issues has been overlooked.

The charity Rethink Mental Health has worked with other metal health organisations to publish ‘A Manifesto for Better Mental Health’. This sets out five key actions it wants all political parties to commit to if they are elected in 2015.

However, Pharmacy Voice, which represents community pharmacy owners, says the manifesto omits any mention of community pharmacy. It believes pharmacy can play an integral role in signposting patients and ensuring they are taking medication correctly.

Rob Darracott, chief executive of Pharmacy Voice said: “Mental health is under-diagnosed and not treated with the same level of support as physical illness. Our collective attitude to mental health problems is shifting and we must build on this momentum to ensure we maximise care for the vulnerable members of our society.”

He points out that community pharmacy teams are the most readily accessible healthcare professionals. “With over 1.2 million people visiting their community pharmacy for health-related reasons every day, there are nearly half a billion opportunities yearly to engage with the public about mental health issues,” he said.

“Embedded in local neighbourhoods, community pharmacies are often part of the daily routine for people with mental health problems, and pharmacists are therefore ideally placed to offer basic advice and signpost people to a specialist or the community mental health team if they are concerned.

“Once someone has been diagnosed as suffering from a mental health illness, community pharmacy can support people to get the most from their medicines, in managing the adverse effects that can occur, and in providing healthy living advice.”

The Manifesto points out that mental health problems account for 23% of the total burden of disease, but receives only 13% of NHS health expenditure. It calls on any future government to commit to:

1. Fair funding for mental health: commit to real terms increases in funding for mental health services for both adults and children in each year of the next Parliament.

2. Give children a good start in life: ensure all women have access to mental health support during and after pregnancy. Raise awareness of mental health by putting it on the national curriculum and training teachers and school nurses. Invest in parenting programmes across England.

3. Improve physical health care for people with mental health problems: ensure Government targets for smoking reduction apply equally to people with mental health problems. Create a national target to stop people with mental illness dying early, due to preventable physical health problems.

4. Improve the lives of people with mental health problems: continue to fund the Time to Change anti stigma campaign. Offer integrated health and employment support to people with mental health conditions who are out of work.

5. Better access to mental health services: introduce maximum waiting times for mental health care and support, including psychological therapies. Commit to continued improvements in mental health crisis care, including liaison psychiatry services in all hospitals. Continue to fund liaison and diversion mental health services, working with police and the courts.

Links:

Pharmacy Voice

Rethink Mental Health’s manifesto

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