The RSA in association with MIND have launched a new platform RSA OPSN Mental Health to help address inequalities in care for mental health service users.
The project believes that open access to information is vital for communities to self-organise as those empowered with the right information can more effectively demand more from their health services and act as a tool to narrow the life expectancy gap between those living with serious mental illnesses and those who aren’t.
Funded by the Cabinet Office Release of Data Fund and based within the Royal Society of Arts, RSA OPSN has mapped mental health inequalities across the UK and is working with statutory authorities to improve health outcomes by improving local accountability and ensuring civic participation.
The new interactive tool, ‘Living a Long Life? How Mental Health Impacts Life Expectancy’ gives service users and the public access to data highlighting how well local health providers are looking after people with mental health conditions. Local areas have been banded as ‘low’, ‘as expected’ and ‘high’. By typing in their postcode users will be able to access the ratings.