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Demand for mental health services 'on the rise'

Published: 22 Aug 2014

The level of demand for mental health services in the UK is increasing, putting pressure on local health teams and highlighting the case for taking out an all encompassing PMI policy.

A survey of 500 family doctors, carried out by Pulse magazine, found four-fifths of respondents were of the opinion that mental health services in their area were under "severe strain", with nearly half (43%) revealing the situation had worsened over the last year.

Furthermore, nearly one in five (18%) said they had even seen patients come to harm as a result of them not receiving specialist support.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs Maureen Baker said: "We are facing greater challenges than ever before in getting patients with mental health issues the right care when and where they need it."

Several mental health charities have spoken out about the issue, The Independent reports, with the increasing numbers of those who require support meaning many could be looking to take advantage of services outside of the NHS.

The circumstances highlight a key benefit to potential clients of taking out a private medical insurance (PMI) product. Psychiatric cover can be added as an extra to customers who own a Healthier Solutions policy.

Similarly, companies that use PMI as part of an employee benefits strategy can also opt for psychiatric cover as part of Aviva's flexible PMI Solutions package.

Furthermore, as part of our Group Income Protection policy, companies can take advantage of our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which offers guidance, confidential advice and information for employees, who may be struggling with the stresses and strains of day-to-day life.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, one in four people will experience some form of problem in this area over the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common disorder.

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