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

Royal College of Psychiatrists’ President comments on mental health strategy launch

Embargoed until 07 December 2009

Professor Dinesh Bhugra, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

“The College welcomes the New Horizons strategy as an important step towards improving the quality and provision of mental health services.

“We are particularly pleased to see the focus on early intervention in schizophrenia and psychosis, better transition services for young people, public mental health, and a reduction in out-of-area treatments. We also welcome proposals for a cross-departmental approach to services for people with personality disorder.

“The challenge now is to translate this broad agenda into concrete actions that will, in a consistent way, make a real difference to people’s lives. For the last 18 months, the College has been working towards equality for people with mental health problems through its Fair Deal campaign. We are now committed to playing our part in the effective delivery of the New Horizons agenda, particularly in relation to enhancing the skills of the mental health workforce.

“We look forward to starting the new decade with this renewed commitment from the government to further improve mental health services and promote mental well-being across all ages and communities.”

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New Horizons: a shared vision for mental health was published on 7 December 2009.


Note to editors:

New Horizons is a cross-government programme of action with the twin aims to improve the mental health and well-being of the population, and to improve the quality and accessibility of services for people with poor mental health.


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