S10 The UK’s mental health and addiction emergency in the post pandemic era - are the resources sufficient?

Date: Monday 10 July
Time: 3.25pm - 4.40pm
Stream: Policy and media

122,444 - 147,059 individuals in the UK are estimated to have died from addiction and mental health causes in 2020, at least 48% higher than COVID-19 deaths. No emergency was declared for addiction and mental health. In fact, funding for addiction treatment has been slashed in real terms over the past 10 years and treatment for smoking has been cut even more. The picture for mental health spending has been more mixed but it does not cover the increased pressure on services over the last decade. Spending on some areas of mental health has also crashed. This session will bring together a panel to discuss our mental health emergency with input from an award nominated journalist, the former Director of the national alliance of drug and alcohol charities and a psychiatrist at the coal face of clinical care. The journalist will use government figures to show the true scale of addiction and mental health deaths during the Pandemic and the deep cuts in funding. The Psychiatrist will discuss the current mental health funding picture of stagnation in the face of growing demand. The charity will discuss Policy and the responses of voluntary providers on the ground to the deaths and funding crisis

This session aims to help you:

  • Examine reported mental health and addiction mortality data during the Pandemic and compare it to the last 10 years.
  • Understand the effect this has had on patients and their lived experience.
  • Understand the effect of stretched service provision at the coal face of clinical care and recovery.

Chair: Gary Winship, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Mental health deaths in 2020 were at least 48% higher than COVID deaths but - far from declaring a national emergency - we have seen huge funding cuts since 2013

Caroline Turriff, BBC freelance reporter, London, United Kingdom

Changing lives: How drug and alcohol charities have supported people through the challenges of historic funding cuts and rising deaths during the Pandemic

Oliver Standing, Humankind, London, United Kingdom

What has really happened to mental health funding since 2010 and how have those on the front line coped?

Dr Musa Sami, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom


Please email congress@rcpsych.ac.uk or call 020 8618 4120 with any enquiries.