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

RCPsych manifesto 2017 - Five steps to fairness

General election manifesto to improve the nation’s mental health


Mental health has never been higher up the nation’s agenda. In recent years we have seen a step-change in the priority being given to mental health by politicians, health leaders and opinion formers.

However, mental illness remains one of the largest single causes of disability in the UK.

Progress has been made, with more people accessing treatment for their mental ill health than ever before. However, support for people with mental health problems has long been underfunded and undervalued and still only 1 in 3 people with a mental health condition receive treatment.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych) believes that our vision to achieve equal and equitable access to treatment for people with mental illness is within our grasp. People can, and do, recover from mental ill health. It is therefore essential that momentum towards this goal is sustained.

We are calling on the next government to:

  1. Implement the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in full by 2021.

  2. Ensure fair access to mental health treatment and support.

  3. Improve the mental health of children and young people.

  4. Improve the recruitment and retention of the mental health NHS workforce.

  5. Set a greater ambition for the nation’s future mental health.


RCPsych Manifesto

RCPsych Manifesto - Five steps to fairness

Download RCPsych manifesto - Five steps to fairness (PDF)

The College has also published a joint manifesto with the Mental Health Policy Group.

MHPG manifesto

MHPG Manifesto

Download MHPG manifesto (PDF)

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