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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Putting mental health centre stage

Today I was delighted to welcome the leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband MP, to make a keynote speech about mental health at the College.Ed Miliband and Sue Bailey 


The emphasis he placed on the parity of mental and physical health and the importance of making mental health everyone’s business was very welcome, and was followed by a lively question and answer session, including excellent contributions from the chairs of our own Service Users  Forum and Carers Forum.


You can read the speech in full here and the emphasis on economic and social costs as well as the personal cost to individuals is something we have emphasised here at the college.

Together with other health professionals and mental health user-carer organisations, I recently spent a great deal of time at the major party political conferences, where we sat together at round tables and in individual meetings with members of parliament of all colours.

I hope we have successfully conveyed to all politicians how vitally important it is that mental health is given the recognition and attention it warrants for the overall health of the nation. That means giving parity to mental and physical health.

There can be no health – and no public health - without mental health. That means that the vital importance of mental health needs to be recognised at all ages and stages of life: at home, at school, college or university, in the workplace, in leisure and in retirement.

Whatever our individual circumstances or stage of life, we need to come together to build resilience in every individual, whilst making sure that we offer timely and appropriate care and treatment for anyone experiencing an episode of mental illness.


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