Parties must prioritise mental health during the General Election

General Election 2024 news, Press release
22 May 2024

Today the Prime Minister announced the General Election will take place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

We are calling on all parties to prioritise the prevention of mental ill-health and recognise that there is no health without mental health.

Many mental health conditions are avoidable and can be cured if treated early, and for those with enduring severe mental illnesses, high-quality treatment that is timely, safe and therapeutic can reduce the duration of episodes and minimise relapses. Excellent mental healthcare makes people more likely to be able to build strong relationships, achieve their potential and have fulfilling lives.

That is why we have published a manifesto outlining how mental health can be a key part of any next government’s ambitions.

Our manifesto sets out five key areas the next Government should focus on:

  1. Reducing the occurrence and, therefore, the prevalence of severe mental illness.
  2. Reversing the mental health crisis
  3. Achieving parity of esteem between physical and mental health
  4. Supporting the mental health workforce
  5. Equitably funding mental health research and data collection to improve understanding and facilitate innovation.

Read our full manifesto

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