ubu has backed recent calls in the news this week for greater investment in preventative mental health care after a charity highlighted the fact that less than two per cent of budgets were spent on preventative mental health care.
It was reported that spending on prevention of mental health problems was just as important as physical health, particularly for vulnerable groups.
The report goes on to reveal that local authorities plan to spend £76m on increasing physical activity, £160m on anti-smoking initiatives and £671m on sexual health services in 2014/15. This compares with just £40m to be spent on public mental health. Where’s the balance?
Budgets have been cut across all aspects of healthcare but with increased demand on mental health services an investment made in line with our uStep model would be more productive.
uStep has proven it can help reduce local authorities health spending by reducing the number of people locked up in institutions. This has reduced the cost for the council whilst the added support more importantly has helped improve the lives of the people we serve.
Placing the people we serve at the heart of their own care, enables them to go on to lead far more productive and enriching lives, becoming less dependent by leaning the skills they need whilst contributing to the communities in which they live.
ubu has invested our resources to develop uStep, proved that it works and benefits everyone in society. It is now up to commissioners and policy makers to be brave and take the next step by investing greater resources to implement more.
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