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Better diagnosis 'could help treat mental health'

Shaw Trust
Better diagnosis of mental health issues to begin with could lead to an improved outcome in the future.

This is the view of Sally Burton, executive director of the Shaw Trust, who said that better treatment could help more people with mental health difficulties get back to work.

She explained: "Diagnosis marks the beginning of appropriate treatment and support for an individual, so clearly, more effective and earlier diagnosis is a significant part of the solution."

Earlier this month, the British Journal of Psychiatry revealed that people who are living with psychiatric disorders between the ages of 18 and 25 tended to have a lower income and lower economic living standards by the age of 30.

Mental health affects around 62 per cent of the population, according to mental health charity Together.

A total of 70 per cent of these people suffered from stress at one point or another, making it the most common problem.

Mental health treatment news : 6 August 2010