Mental illness costs everybody: personally or financially.
Mental illness leads to suffering for individuals and stops the wider economy from being as strong as it could be. Research shows, 1 in 4 people have a mental health diagnosis in any given year, and it has been estimated that the economic and social costs of mental health problems in England is £105 billion. Mental illness is made worse by unemployment and poverty. Poorer people, the long-term sick and people who are unemployed take much longer to recover than the average person.
Beacon strives to give people with mental health problems better outcomes.
We tackle problems at a system level, looking at problems that take place both outside and inside mental health services. Just some of the things that make us tick are:
- There are often stories about a lack of inpatient mental health beds. We believe this is not due to a shortage of inpatient provision but due to lack of coordination with social services and other organisations, such as local GP practices & the voluntary sector.
- Poor flow through the system is a result of a lack of step down options and service users getting “stuck” in the wrong place. Community mental health teams are not as effective and efficient as they could be. We believe in developing crisis services that enable people to receive the support they need in their own homes without being admitted to an inpatient ward or having to go to A&E.
- Mental health is too much of a data-free zone. We believe a greater understanding about data is fundamental to improvement; the more able we are to see what spend is allocated for a specific result, the more targeted we can be in directing our resources.