Over six million people are currently diagnosed with depression in the UK, with one in five people waiting over a year for access to talking therapies.
The overall economic cost of mental ill-health is thought to be more than £75 billion per year, making it an easy target for spending cuts.
A Labour Party spokesman has criticised the coalition’s ‘no physical health without mental health’ pledge by saying: “The government’s talk about the importance of mental health has come to nothing. Ministers simply aren’t putting their money where their mouth is and vulnerable people will pay the price when crucial services are hit.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has cut the NHS budget for two years running now, something that has inevitably made a huge dent in mental health...