|Survey of people with a diagnosed mental health condition about their experiences accessing specialist care|
|Of those who have been referred to an NHS mental health specialist:
• A majority (61%) say they have had to wait for a second appointment after having their first appointment or initial assessment with the specialist – of which nearly all say this was over a week (95%) and most (64%) say this was over 4 weeks.
Of those who have waited for a second appointment with an NHS mental health specialist:
· A quarter (25%) say they themselves or someone on their behalf has contacted emergency services (A&E, 111 or 999) as a result.
· Two fifths (39%) say their mental health got worse while waiting for a second appointment, while a slightly lower proportion (34%) say there was no change. A quarter (25%) say their mental health got better while waiting.
Date Published: 08/10/20
Client: Royal College of Psychiatrists
|Savanta ComRes interviewed 513 British adults aged 18+ with a formerly diagnosed mental health condition online between 16th and 21st September 2020. Data were weighted to be broadly representative of adults aged 18+ with a diagnosed condition by age, gender and region.|