Figures show paramedics helped 30,000 more people experiencing a mental health crisis in 2016-17 compared with 2014-15

The number of ambulance call-outs for people experiencing mental health problems in England has soared by nearly a quarter in two years.

Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows paramedics helped over 30,000 more patients (172,799) in crisis in 2016-17 compared with 140,137 in 2014-15, a rise of 23%.

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Mental health is a level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder; it is the "psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment".

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