Mental Health in an Unequal World

Only 1 in 3 people who experience mental health problems can access the support they need. This is a statistic that needs to change. 

Barriers to mental health and mental health support, from economic hurdles to stigma and discrimination, still exist.

For instance, 85% of older people with depression receive no NHS support and children from the poorest 20% of households are four times as likely to have serious mental health difficulties by the age of 11 as those from the wealthiest 20%. 

Race is also a factor in mental health inequalities. Black adults are less likely to have the involvement of GPs leading up to their first psychosis episode than white patients.

Similarly, in a survey, it was found that 8% of LGBTQ+ respondents had tried to access mental health support and failed. Many were faced with unsupportive responses from GPs. 

Although change has been made, persisting stigma and discrimination around mental health is a big reason individuals might avoid or delay accessing support.

In particular, psychotic disorders are highly stigmatised as they are perceived to be accompanied by violence and unpredictability. This is even though those with psychotic disorders are more likely to be the victims of violence than the perpetrators. Substance abuse is also incredibly stigmatised. Individuals facing substance misuse might fear being treated poorly by healthcare providers or having trouble with authorities.

At Response, we believe in a 360 approach to mental health, which means recognising the various barriers to accessing support our service users might face. We’re committed to doing our part to break down the barriers that prevent people from accessing mental health support. 1 in 4 of us experience mental health issues each year in England. We all need a little help from time to time and shouldn’t face any adversity when accessing support.

We’d love to see a world where there are no obstacles in accessing mental health support. We hope we can play our part in improving the mental health world for the better. 

Watch the video below for case studies on how Response is helping our service users overcome barriers to mental health support.