Mental Health Foundation responds to Lord Layard's call for a Cabinet Minister for mental health

Release Date: 06 March 2012

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: Uniter Kingdom

Simon Lawton-Smith, Head of Policy at the Mental Health Foundation, responds to Lord Layard’s call for a Minister for mental health at Cabinet level:

“The call for a Cabinet Minister with cross-departmental responsibility for mental health is not a new one. Mental health is not simply an issue for health and social care services. Poor mental health costs the country an estimated £100 billion every year, causing problems in communities, schools, on the shop floor and in the office, and imposing a significant burden on our welfare benefits and criminal justice systems.

It is therefore essential that mental health policy is joined up across all Government Departments at cabinet level. This is particularly so at a time of recession when there are increasing pressures on people’s mental health and in light of significant public service cuts. The Department of Health’s new mental health strategy will only succeed if all Government Departments accept responsibility for delivering policies that support good mental health.”

Related Information
  • You can read more on Lord Layard's call for a Minister for mental health at Cabinet level here