Essay on The Problem Of Mental Health

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It could be said that, to enter adult social work in either a voluntary or statutory setting, the issue of mental health is impossible to avoid. Regardless of sector or client group, be it disability, palliative or substance misuse, we will likely be faced with issues arising from poor mental health on a daily basis, as Huxley (2008) states “the mental illness client group knows no such boundaries”. Mental health, it could be described, is the causal nexus within our practice, as it is very often the root cause or the outcome of many situations and crises’ that bring an individual to the attention of social services. One in four adults are likely to have a mental health problem in any year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, effecting their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day (MHF 2015), thus have having a profound affect not only on the individual undergoing mental distress but also those close to them, in their family and community. The cost to the UK economy is around £70 to £100 billion a year (OECD 2014). A further worry, is that it is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem receive ongoing treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, or seeking support within their own family, friends and community.
This however, is not fundamentally to far removed from the ideal situation in terms of the aims of social…

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