Suicidal thoughts are three times as common in those living with a spinal cord injury in the UK, according to new research
And yet, it’s estimated that only one third of people living with a spinal cord injury (SCI) are getting access to mental health support, and of those, 68% do not feel that support services available are able to meet their needs.
These alarming statistics are taken from a new report, ‘It’s not just physical’ which was presented to parliament yesterday (17 November). The report shines a light on the mental health problems faced by people with spinal cord injuries in the UK today.
It's calling on the NHS, government and other health policy makers to provide better mental health support services for people with spinal cord injuries – and their unpaid carers – as a matter of urgency. Nik Hartley, Spinal Injuries Association CEO said:
“We are at risk of failing thousands of people in the UK living with a spinal cord injury. Our new report highlights that psychological damage caused by a SCI is, at best, considered as an afterthought, and at worst, completely ignored by the medical profession. We need urgent action and for services to be sufficiently specialised to support the thousands of people living with this type of injury before it is too late.”
Source: Spinal Injuries Association, 17 November 2021
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