Cancer and Mental Health

Our Cancer and Mental Health project is currently under development

Quick fact: 70% of young people experienced depression during their cancer treatment [i]

We are planning to develop access to practical support for the prevention, care, treatment and self-management of mental health problems amongst people living with cancer.

People with cancer are at increased risk of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. Research in 2014 uncovered that ¾ of cancer patients with clinical depression do not receive the support and treatment they need in Scotland. [ii]

This project will involve research, service mapping, and gathering personal experiences of those affected by cancer (through surveys, interviews and focus groups). We hope to uncover the scale and nature of the mental health needs of those affected by cancer in Scotland; what national/local policy and practice currently exists in Scotland with a focus on cancer and mental health to meet this need; the extent, types and reasons for unmet need; the impact of the above on those affected by cancer; and priorities for action.

We will also run an end of project learning network where we will present the findings of our work to stakeholders (including local and national policy makers, clinical staff, voluntary sector providers, interest groups and those affected by cancer) and partners who have been involved in this initial development phase.

Lee Knifton, Head of Mental Health Foundation Scotland

“A major focus for the Mental Health Foundation in the coming year is to support the mental health needs of people with physical health conditions. In this particular project, we hope to improve our understanding of the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis and develop effective means of support for those affected.”

For more information, please contact:

Julie Cameron (Programmes Manager - Mental Health Foundation)

jcameron@mentalhealth.org.uk

[i] CLIC Sargent (2017) Hidden Costs: Young Lives VS Cancer. Retrieved from www.clicsargent.org.uk/sites/files/clicsargent/CLIC%20Sargent%20Hidden%20Costs%20report.pdf

[ii] Naughton, M. J., & Weaver, K. E. (2014) Physical and Mental Health Among Cancer Survivors: Considerations for Long-Term Care and Quality of Life. North Carolina Medical Journal, 75(4), 283–286.