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More help urged for mental health patients

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A third of people who suffer from mental health issues who need help to get them exercising do not feel as though they have the appropriate support from NHS staff, research suggests.

Even though physical activity is recommended to help sufferers, 36% said they had not received adequate help from NHS mental health services workers.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report, which is centred on the views of more than 15,000 patients who received care and support from mental health services outside hospital, also shows that people need better help with other aspects of day-to-day life such as finding work or housing and financial advice.

CQC chief executive David Behan said: “Whilst there is evidence of progress - for example in the way people are listened to - there is more to do.

“One of the objectives in the policy No Health Without Mental Health is that more people with mental health problems will have good physical health.

“The fact that this survey has shown some people who need this support are not getting access to this, and other support for aspects of day to day living such as employment, housing and financial advice is something the NHS need to address.”

A Department of Health spokesman said: “Trusts involved in the experience survey should now look at their results to identify where they can improve services for local people by helping them understand their care plan and give them wider support and advice on employment, housing and financial advice.”



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