Social disorder, the condition in which people are unable to function as normally, is on the rise.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it’s now the fourth leading cause of death globally.
This year alone, more than one million people in the UK will be diagnosed with social disorder.
The latest figures from the NHS show that over 1.2 million people are diagnosed with the condition.
It’s a huge problem, especially for those who are young and struggling to find work.
Social disorder can be devastating, and often makes people feel isolated and unable to find any kind of support.
The NHS has long struggled to provide mental health services to vulnerable people.
It was created in 1868, when it was first used by the British public.
Now, its budget is under threat from cuts that have been announced over the last two years.
Its services are stretched to the limit.
“It’s very difficult for people with social disorders, particularly people of lower income, to access the NHS,” says Dr Sarah Linnell, chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice).
“The NHS is under a financial and operational challenge, and this has caused many people with the mental health conditions to feel very isolated.”
The situation for people like the parents of Sarah Lennell and her partner, Sarah-Jane, is particularly tough.
They’re struggling to meet basic medical bills, and rely on social services to keep them afloat.
Sarah-Jane says they’re desperate to get their child out of the house.
I just don’t think that we can afford to stay here, Sarah says.
We’ve been here for nine months, and we’re just barely scraping by, she says.
“It really is hard to go to social services when you have no money and you can barely pay rent.
We have been living on the streets and have had to give up the house.”
Sarah Lennel says she’s never felt so isolated.
“It really does break my heart when I look at the pictures of our kids.”
Theresa May has announced that she is looking to reduce the NHS’s deficit by £1bn over four years.
This would see it cut the budget by £800m, but the NHS would receive the bulk of the cuts.
In March, the UK’s Health and Social Care Executive (HSCE) was criticised by a former NHS executive for trying to cut the NHS budget by $8 billion.
But the cuts have also been criticised by Labour and the Greens, who have called for a “breathing space” for vulnerable people who don’t qualify for the government’s care.
Dr Linnel says the NHS has been under increasing pressure in recent years.
“We have seen the number of people with mental health issues rise in the last year, and in particular the number who are people who are very vulnerable,” she says, “and there’s been a rise in suicides and suicide attempts.”
When you have a social disorder, it’s difficult to access healthcare, and it’s very challenging to get your child out.
“And when you don’t have a child, it really makes it very difficult to find employment.”
Dr Lennells team of social workers are looking at other ways to help people.
Their next step is to start a social network for people struggling with social anxiety.