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Mental health: MPs condemn overreliance on pills

BMJ 2024; 385 doi: (Published 14 May 2024) Cite this as: BMJ 2024;385:q1095
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

A group of MPs have called for a radical overhaul of the way poor mental health is managed in the UK to move away from its “overreliance on psychiatric drugs.”

The Beyond Pills All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) says there needs to be a paradigm shift away from “the traditional biomedical model” towards a more holistic approach that tackles the social, economic, and psychological determinants of mental health.

In a report1 they point to the impact on mental health of toxic relationships, abuse, and violence as well as the role of wider societal factors such as economic insecurity, poverty, poor housing, inadequate nutrition, and damaged communities.

Despite …

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