Mental health

Tower Hamlets has a high prevalence of mental health problems. We have the fourth highest proportion of people with depression in London, as well as the fourth highest rates of patients presenting to their GP for the first time with symptoms of psychosis - a mental health condition that causes people to perceive or interpret things differently from those around them. Tower Hamlets also has the highest rates of psychosis in east London, according to GP registers.

In total, an estimated 30,000 adults in Tower Hamlets have symptoms of a common mental health problem - with around 15,900 people known to their GP to have depression, around 3,300 people known to have a serious mental illness, and around 1,150 people living with dementia.

Service use is also high. We have the second highest proportion of adults in London in touch with mental health services provided in hospitals and the third highest number of emergency hospital admissions for psychosis. However, if you are known to mental health services in Tower Hamlets, you are comparatively less likely to be admitted to hospital than in many other London boroughs.

We also have the highest prescribing rate for anti-psychotic medication in primary care, and the third highest prescription rate of anti-depressants in London.

Working together to promote mental health and wellbeing in our communities is a key priority for Tower Hamlets CCG. We want to prevent residents from developing more significant mental health problems, and make sure that when people do need them, mental health services are of the highest possible quality, proactively supporting people to recover.

We are fortunate in Tower Hamlets to be working with one of the few CQC rated “Excellent” mental health trusts, the East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT).

You can find out more about all of the mental health services available within Tower Hamlets here

Key achievements:

In 2016/17 we have made good progress. Key achievements include:

  • Improved access to psychological therapies, together with improved recovery rates for those using services.
  • The development of psychological therapies for adults with an eating disorder, which has resulted in improved outcomes for patients.
  • Excellent dementia diagnosis rates (second in London), services and pathways.

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