Yesterday the Government announced the new mental health strategy, which promises an extra £400m for therapies such as counselling, to increase access to them by 60 per cent by 2015. In addition to this, government plans have also stated that more focus will be placed upon dealing with mental health problems at an early stage all in a bid to address mental health issues with the same vigour as physical health.
The new strategy has laid out the way in which the Government will partner the NHS, charities, local government and the voluntary sector to help people overcome the stigma of mental health in England. Plans include early intervention to target young people before potential problems develop and an extra £400m to improve access to evidence-based psychological therapies over the next four years.
The Government have summarised their priorities in six main objectives they aim to achieve by 2014:
- more people will have good mental health
- more people with mental health problems will recover
- more people with mental health problems will have good physical health
- more people with mental health problems will have a positive experience of care and support
- fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
- fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said of the strategy: “The evidence is clear: mental health needs to be addressed with the same urgency as physical health. We need to end the stigma attached to mental illness, to set an example by talking about the issue openly and candidly and ensure everyone can access the support and information they need.”
Further information on ‘No Health without Mental Health’