Peter has been doing some interesting reading.
Van Gogh’s Prisoners Exercising: nine out of 10 prisoners have mental health issues when they enter prison. Photograph: Alamy.
It is an indictment of our society’s approach to mental health that effective treatment for many forms of mental problem is not sufficiently available to meet the need. The strength of Layard and Clark’s book – Thrive – is to draw this forcefully to our attention. The Guardian Review quoted at length below gives a good sense of the case they make.
The data the authors refer to in the book include the fact that (page 381):
. . . while over 90% of diabetes sufferers receive treatment for their condition, under a third of adults with diagnosable mental illness do so. This is largely because good evidence-based psychological therapy is not readily available.
They are also quite scathing about the absence of adequate provision for children, a position which Wednesday’s BBC News item
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