Rethink Mental Illness Media Team
Rethink Mental Illness responds to new data obtained by the BBC which shows people are stranded in in patient units much longer than necessary because of lack of housing and community support.
Danielle Hamm, Associate Director of Campaigns and Policy at Rethink Mental Illness said,
"These new figures show us the human cost of when our mental health service is over pressured and under funded. Any hold ups in the system because of lack of beds and lack of housing can result in someone spending unnecessary months in hospital.
"Supported housing, which many people need after discharge, is already struggling to keep up demand leading to these unacceptably long waits. If the Government's planned cap on the benefits that are used to pay for this goes ahead then there will be even fewer places for people to go.
"Our mental health service is part of a bigger support system and if this housing isn't available the whole system suffers. If the Government is serious about improving mental health care in this country then it needs to drop this counter productive cap."
Read the full report on BBC news online.