The Royal College of Nursing says there are now 3,300 fewer posts in mental health nursing, and 1,500 fewer beds, than in 2010.
At the same time, demand has increased by 30%, the RCN said.
A mental health charity said this was damaging the care patients received, leaving them needing long-term support.
According to the RCN's figures, mental health nursing posts declined by 8% in the past four years in England.
In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, posts were cut by 1%.
full report here. 1/3 of mental health nurses are over 50, so there are both long and short term issues.
Though its nice that lots of people have clicked on my spoof shortlist of candidates for the first women bishop, but I'd much rather they clicked on this. I really can't get my head round the fact that Nick Clegg made this a key part of his conference speech a few weeks ago, that the Libdems make all the right noises, but then all this happens on their watch. The mismatch between words and deeds is not just a scandal, its life-threatening.
Update: I preached this morning on the picture of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25, where Jesus speaks of how, when we do an act of kindness for a vulnerable person, we are doing it for him. That goes for governments too.