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
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:
Implement the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
in full by 2021.
Ensure fair access to mental health treatment and
Improve the mental health of children and young
Improve the recruitment and retention of the mental
health NHS workforce.
Set a greater ambition for the nation’s future mental
Download RCPsych manifesto -
Five steps to fairness (PDF)
The College has also published a joint manifesto with the Mental
Health Policy Group.
Download MHPG manifesto