There are a number of reasons why mental health patients may experience a delay in their treatment. This may be because of a delay in diagnosing a patient’s condition, but increasingly these days may be due to the pressure on the number of “mental health” beds available. An investigation by Community Care ( and the BBC found that there have been 7 suicides and 1 homicide linked to bed pressures since 2012. The study found that acute admission wards are over-occupied and alternatives to admission are lacking. In November 2013 the Guardian reported that one in 10 people with mental health problems were waiting for longer than a year for treatment and more than half are waiting longer that three months.