Emergency mental health care is patchy

A new review has revealed that people seeking emergency mental health care in England and Wales have difficulty, with services often not being available at all. The study by Mind highlighted the range of problems individuals have had to deal with when getting help from hospitals and community crisis teams, the BBC reports.

The charity - which was originally launched as the National Association for Mental Health in 1946 - stated that these issues are only being exacerbated by NHS budget cuts and even though there were examples of good and excellent inpatient hospital care, such standards are not the norm across the board.

Other issues highlighted include calls to crisis hotlines going unanswered and substandard advice being imparted, with patients being advised to go for a walk or take a bath.

Chief executive of Mind Paul Farmer stated: "The sheer simplicity of what is missing shows that there is some way to go before all mental health services are delivering on the fundamentals of good care for people in mental distress."