Mental Health charities launch guides to improve local mental health services

Release Date: 10 October 2012

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

In partnership with other leading mental health charities, we have launched a series of six briefings on World Mental Health Day to help develop better local mental health services. Following the publication of the implementation framework for the Government’s mental health strategy, these briefings set out the steps that local authorities, NHS commissioning groups and others can take to improve mental health care, treatment and support.

The briefings explain in practical terms the ways that the new Clinical Commissioning Groups, Local Authorities, Directors of Public Health, Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Local Healthwatch and Health and Wellbeing Boards can make sure that there are good quality mental health services in their local area as well as improving mental health and wellbeing for everyone in the community. The briefings were commissioned by the Department of Health.

The Mental Health Strategic Partnership, which is led by the Mental Health Providers Forum, also comprises the Afiya Trust; Mental Health Helplines Partnership; Mind; National Survivor User Network; Centre for Mental Health and Rethink Mental Illness.  

Sean Duggan, chief executive at Centre for Mental Health said:

"Mental health conditions account for almost one quarter of ill-health in the UK. As these new systems in health and social care services emerge there is a great deal that those involved in commissioning and delivering services can do to ensure that mental health conditions are given 'parity of esteem' with physical health conditions.

"Mental health conditions can affect anyone but with effective promotion, prevention and early intervention their impact can be reduced dramatically. Every one of these organisations has a part to play in improving the care and support available for people with a mental illness as well as promoting good mental health for people of all ages."

Kathy Roberts, CEO at Mental Health Providers Forum said:

“We have been privileged to have been able to facilitate a true partnership of mental health organisations. The Mental Health Strategic partners have worked together and have made significant progress in supporting the Government to implement thought sharing strategically across the wider mental health service map. Acting as a two way conduit for new policies, which underpin the wide range of services delivered through voluntary sector providers who deliver services, we can improve quality and outcomes for the thousands of people who use services and their carers"

The briefings can be accessed in full:

Clinical Commissioning Groups

Directors of Public Health

Health and Wellbeing Boards

Local Authorities

Local Healthwatch

Overview and Scrutiny Committees