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

Mental Health Policy Group launches manifesto

The Mental Health Policy Group-  the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation and Mental Health Network have produced a manifesto, laying out what the next Government must do to improve the lives of people with mental health problems.

‘A Manifesto for Better Mental Health’ sets out five key priorities for action:

  • Fair funding for mental health - Commit to real terms increases in funding for mental health services for both adults and children in each year of the next Parliament.
  • Give children a good start in life - Ensure all women have access to mental health support during and after pregnancy. Raise awareness of mental health by putting it on the national curriculum and training teachers and school nurses. Invest in parenting programmes across England.
  • Improve physical health care for people with mental health problems- Ensure Government targets for smoking reduction apply equally to people with mental health problems. Create a national strategy to stop people with mental illness dying early, due to preventable physical health problems.
  • Improve the lives of people with mental health problems – Continue to fund the Time to Change anti stigma campaign. Offer integrated health and employment support to people with mental health conditions who are out of work.
  • Better access to mental health services – Introduce maximum waiting times for mental health care and support, including psychological therapies. Commit to continued improvements in mental health crisis care, including liaison psychiatry services in all hospitals. Continue to fund liaison and diversion mental health services, working with police and the courts.

Dr Adrian James, Chair of the Royal Collage of Psychiatrists Parliamentary Committee said: “For far too long the treatment and care for people with mental health problems, and investment in mental health research, has been under-funded and under-valued. The stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems often prevents them from talking about them and seeking help. The NHS Mandate makes it clear that mental health should have parity of esteem with physical health, yet the majority of mental health services have endured a third year of real-terms reductions in funding. We hope that any future Government will take on board these five key priorities for action.”









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