NHS releases latest mental health medicines statistics
Health / Sun 10th Dec 2023 at 09:39am
NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has released its latest Medicines Used in Mental Health (England) report, now including new data from July to September 2023.
The data is presented over a rolling five-year period in the summary narratives to help show any trends and patterns.
Key findings show that in this period, there were 22 million antidepressants prescribed to an estimated 6.8 million identified patients. This was a small increase in items and identified patients compared to the previous quarter, at 1.5% for items and less than one percentage point for patients.
Over the same period, prescribing of hypnotics and anxiolytics items increased by 1% to 3.4 million and identified patients increased by 1.4% to 1 million.
Drugs used in psychoses and related disorders also saw 3.4 million items prescribed, a 1.3% increase. There was an increase of less than 1% for identified patients, to 650,000.
Prescribing of Central nervous system (CNS) stimulants and drugs for ADHD items also increased by less than one percentage point, to 720,000 items. Identified patients increased by 2.6% to 210,000 patients.
The number of drugs for dementia items prescribed increased by 3.1% to 1.1 million. This was the largest percentage increase in items out of the drug groups in this publication. Identified patients increased by 2.3%.
Total Net ingredient Cost (NIC) decreased for antidepressants, hypnotics and anxiolytics, and antipsychotics, despite increases in identified patients and items in these drug groups. The total NIC increased for CNS stimulants and drugs for ADHD, and drugs for dementia. Antidepressants had the largest change in total NIC of the drug groups in this publication, with a 6.8% decrease.
To read the report go to: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/statistical-collections/medicines-used-mental-health-england/medicines-used-mental-health-england-quarterly-summary-statistics-20232024/medicines-used-mental-health-england-quarterly-summary-statistics-july-september-2023
It would help if less was spent on developing drugs that simply treat the symptoms of mental ill health and actually fund decent long term talking Therapies. Not behavioural Therapies like CBT that are cheap and often done via a computer app, but proper counselling with enough session to develop a decent relationship with the counsellor and open up. The mental health services in harlow are not fit for purpose, their answer is always you don't fit our criteria, although they'll never actually state what the criteria actually is. Neither will they actually divulge what Therapies they will offer. So short sighted to rely on cheap fixes that in serious cases lead to deterioration and dependence on stronger and stronger meds or self medicating with drugs or alcohol and withdrawal from society, employment and , at the worst case, suicide.
I think a lot of mental health problems especially the youth is lot to do with social media , or should I say antisocial media