Increase in baby boomers admitted for drug related mental health problems
December 5, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
New NHS figures have found an 85% increase in the hospital admittance of the baby boomer generation for drug-related mental health problems over the last decade.
According to the Telegraph, there has only been a 1% increase in admissions for drug related mental health behaviours for those under 45.
Experts believe that the older generation are in denial over their addictive behaviour and are less likely to accept their dependency than younger people.
The Head of Health Influencing at Rethink Mental Illness, Lucy Schonegevel, said it was ‘yet another piece of evidence in an ever-growing list showing the pressure that NHS services are facing in treating people with mental ill health. In these situations we can only be blunt: the numbers are travelling in the wrong direction and time is running out to do the right thing.’
Experts have also placed blame on government cuts to drug treatment services for the sharp increase.
The findings follow warnings that the baby boomer generation are fast becoming the most at risk age group, with those in their 60s and 70s suffering the consequences of years of drugs and alcohol abuse.
The NHS will now offer new fathers ‘mental health screenings and treatment if their partner is suffering with illnesses such as post-natal depression, anxiety and psychosis.’
According to the Independent, one in five women will suffer with mental health problems during the first 12 months of giving both. But one in ten men will also be affected by mental ill health during this time.
The chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, said: ‘These days dads and partners are rightly expected to be more hands-on and NHS mental health services also need to step up and support families at times of extreme stress and anxiety.’
Stevens added: ‘At what should be one of the happiest moments of our lives, caring for a partner suffering mental ill health when a new baby arrives is a difficult and often lonely experience.’
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