Cumulative events increase need for MH support
I believe the cumulative events of recent years have increased the need for mental health support. Uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the challenges of the pandemic, the current war, cost-of-living crisis, on top of everyday challenges have all put pressure on mental wellbeing.
This comes at a time when the NHS has reported a record high in the numbers of mental health referrals for its mental health services, with an estimated 1.4m waiting for treatment.
Support is available via insurers and employers, and we believe it has never been more important for the industry to ensure companies and individuals know what’s available.
Mental health is complex, and it’s important that specialists provide support. There are many different types of therapy and support available, and it must be personalised to ensure people get the most appropriate support for them.
Children, too, are affected, with reports on how they can be specifically impacted by events. The NHS reports that out of the 4.3 million referrals for conditions such as anxiety and depression in 2021, over one million were for children or adolescents. It can be extremely difficult to get support for children, and this, in turn, can add to the challenges of parents, guardians and carers.
We see children of all ages that are struggling, and it can be even harder to access support for them. It is a great relief to both the child and their parent or guardian when support is in place, and it’s crucial that support is targeted specifically for them.’
Support is often imbedded within insurances and employee benefits, and it’s important that the industry and employers clearly communicate what is available to ensure it’s utilised.
Christine Husbands is managing director of RedArc, a service that provides personal nurse advisers for people experiencing illness, disability, trauma or bereavement.
Christine spent the initial part of her career in financial roles and she has held several board positions in Financial Services and is a Chartered Director. During her time...