Sheffield revealed as the highest spenders on mental health services

14 May 2019

Sheffield is among the top of the biggest spenders on mental health care in the UK.

The mental health charity Mind released figures to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week, which is being promoted through numerous events across the city this week.

NHS South Yorkshire has committed to more than £220 per person per year which is £18 per person per month.

Mind claim that some areas spend almost half per person on mental health compared to Sheffield.

Surrey Heartlands spend the least on mental health services, committing only 10 per cent of its budget; £124.48 per person per year, £10 per person per month. Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin; Gloucestershire; Somerset; Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire; Kent and Medway; and Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West which are all failing to meet the national average.

One Sheffield University student said: “I have found the services in Sheffield excellent, the process was simple and I was given an appointment quickly. After my appointment the doctor quickly followed up to give me the appropriate recourses to help.”

Geoff Heyes, Head of Health Policy and Influencing at Mind, said: “The treatment you get shouldn’t depend on where you live.

We are seeing some positive change on the ground, across the country, but a long term historic postcode lottery still exists.

The NHS and Government have made it clear that mental health is a priority.

Some local variation is to be expected but the scale of the difference is huge and we know that the need outstrips resource even in the areas that are performing well.

As planning and budgeting beyond 2021 begins, we will be pushing at a local level to make sure this is the first thing on the agenda.”

Written by Charlotte Fuller

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