British Insanity

In recent decades, the rate of diagnoses of severe mental illness has climbed in England while services have been reduced. In turn, officers in England and Wales detained 60 percent more people for psychiatric reasons in 2015-16 than they did a decade earlier. The police in London now receive a call related to mental illness about once every four minutes.
- Benjamin Mueller, Fewer Officers, More Calls: U.K. Police Are Stretched by Austerity, NYT, Feb. 1, 2019

The initiative comes months after a survey commissioned by the National Health Service found that one in eight children in England between the ages of 5 and 19 suffered from at least one mental disorder at the time of their assessment in 2017. ...
“Every day our front-line services see children and teenagers struggling to get to grips with how they fit into the increasingly complex modern world....
- Iliana Magra, Schools in England Introduce a New Subject: Mindfulness, NYT, Feb. 4, 2019

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