One in seven people have mental illness

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ONE in seven Wiganers are facing mental health problems, costing the town’s health service more than £45m.

It is estimated that around 43,594 people experience clinically significant symptoms of common mental disorder, such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder, and it is predicted that by 2019/20, this figure will increase by 1,132.

Women are more susceptible, with 26,408 suffering from a mental health issue, compared with 18,985 men.

Of these, 1,024 people in Wigan are expected to have psychosis, 884 people have antisocial personality disorders (ASPD) and 1,154 people have borderline personality disorders (BPD), creating a total of 3,062.

It is calculated that 26,565 adults have depression and that the borough has a

significantly higher rate of hospitalisation for self harm, with 328 incidences per 100,000, compared with the national 207 per 100,000.

Around 3,443 people in Wigan have dementia, which is 1.06 of the population and is lower than the national average of 1.08 per cent. This number is expected to grow to 3,540 by 2019/20.

By commissioning mental health services, NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Wigan Council spends more than £45m, including £5m primary care prescribing.

A report by Paul Lynch, assistant director for strategy and collaboration, said: “Investing in early intervention in mental health can provide real benefits across the economy. For instance, research by the Centre for Mental Health found that for every £1 spent on early intervention in psychosis there is a saving of £15 to the economy as a whole, with £7 of this benefiting the health services.”

In a bid to transform and improve services, Wigan CCG and the council’s Health and Wellbeing Board have formed a five-year Integrated Care Strategy, linking closely with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

It aims to develop services that are built around the needs of patients and are delivered in a joined up way.

Greater emphasis will be placed on intervening early to reduce drug and alcohol addiction, stress and other factors. Teams will also provide support at home and in the community, enabling people to become more independent.

The council will work to provide more housing and support and to help people into employment and aims to expand people’s personal budgets for health and social care.

Its approach will align with other major transformation programmes – including the Health and Well Being Strategy, the Primary Care Strategy, the CCG’s Five Year Commissioning Plan and the Council’s Transforming Adult Social Care and Health programme.

A spokesman for NHS Wigan Borough CCG said: “NHS Wigan Borough CCG strives to support our population to stay healthy and live longer in all areas of the Borough, which includes all aspects of mental health.

“This strategy sets out how, working with our health and social care partners we will commission high quality services to create a parity of esteem in our care for people who require mental health services over the next five years.”