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100,000 Mental Health Professionals To Receive Debt First Aid Advice, Royal College Of Psychiatrists, UK

November 21, 2008

In response to the current economic crisis, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has announced it will be sending 100,000 health professionals special guidance on supporting patients with debt and mental health problems.

This announcement comes on the day that Conservative Shadow Secretary of State, Andrew Lansley MP, delivered a speech about the impact of the economic crisis on the mental health of the UK population at the Mental Health Network conference in York.

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

"We welcome Mr Lansleys recognition that the economic down-turn will impact on the UKs mental health. All political action at this time is important."

"Research and clinical experience tells us that the more debts people have, the more likely they are to have a mental health problem. Health and social care professionals are well placed to help their patients during these difficult times."

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