Monday 15 February 2016.
NHS England’s taskforce on mental health — independently chaired by national Mind’s Chief Executive Paul Farmer — has today launched its report setting out a detailed five-year plan for NHS mental health services, as well as other bodies and services involved in the support of people with mental health problems.
The key recommendations are:
- By 2020/21, one million extra people will be provided with support for their mental health problem.
- People facing a crisis should have access to mental health care 24/7 — right care, right place, and right time.
- People’s mental and physical health should be treated equally — including people with severe mental health problems, women in the perinatal period, children and young people.
Sarah Hughes, CEO of Mind in Cambridgeshire, said:
“This report represents a key moment that could really help revolutionise and improve mental health care and support in this country. With one in four people experiencing a mental health issue each year, we are calling for mental health to be a priority. Prevention is better than a cure, therefore mental and physical health should be treated equally so that problems can be detected and treated as soon as possible — with the funding to match.”
Find out more about the taskforce’s key recommendations and email your MP to tell them about the report.