Mental Health

25th August 2017

I am pleased that supporting those with mental health difficulties is a Government priority. Just how seriously the Government takes this responsibility has been exemplified by the inclusion of mental health reform in the Queen’s Speech.

Ministers have already legislated to give parity between mental and physical health and, with more Government investment, an estimated 1,400 additional people are receiving mental health services every day compared to 2010 - up 40 per cent. In addition, around 750,000 more people have been receiving “talking therapies” since 2009/10.

I am a founding trustee of a local mental health charity, Make a Difference, and this is a subject which is close to my heart. Make a Difference fills the gap that service users experience by running a support group, café, and a social network based in a building provided by a constituent.  For too long there has been insufficient focus on mental healthcare in this country and many have been left to suffer in silence.

But there may be some hope that is about to change. In February 2016, an independent Mental Health Taskforce published a new national strategy, setting out an ambitious vision for mental health services.

To make these recommendations a reality, the Government will spend an additional £1 billion on mental health by 2020-21 so that people receive the right care in the right place when they need it most. As part of one of the biggest expansions of mental health services across Europe, the Secretary of State for Health has announced plans to recruit 21,000 mental health workers in England to integrate mental and physical health services.

The Department of Health also aims to increase the number of people completing talking therapies by 600,000 per year, and is helping 20,000 more people to find or stay in work through individual placement support and talking therapies. A further £1.25 billion has been committed for perinatal and children and young people's mental health, helping professionals to intervene early and more than doubling the number of pregnant women or new mothers receiving mental health support. To support teenagers with eating disorders, the Government is investing £150 million.

I very much hope that when they are implemented these plans will help to redress the balance in favour of mental health. It is much needed and long awaited.



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