Towards equality for mental health: developing a cross-government approach

This report from the Mental Health Policy Group (of which we are a member) considers in more detail the steps that must be taken if the ambition of ‘parity of esteem’ for mental health is to be achieved in England.

Its starting point is the belief that improving the nation’s mental health cannot be achieved through a focus on health services alone, vital though these are. A much more ambitious, cross-government approach to mental health is also required.

In this report, we set out our recommendations for what should be included in such a strategy, together with the action required to give people the right care, at the right time and in the right place from a well-configured, well-trained and well-supported workforce.

This report reflects the collective view of members of the Mental Health Policy Group. In developing our thinking, we sought the views of a broad range of organisations and professionals from the wider mental health and voluntary sectors, including those representing physical health conditions, money and debt, homelessness and addiction. In December 2018, many of these organisations signed a Consensus Statement on the principles that should inform the NHS Long Term Plan (Annex A); these principles remain important as it is implemented.

We hope that our recommendations for future action will gain support from everyone who shares our ambition for achieving equality for mental health.

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Mental Health Policy Group (MHPG)

The Mental Health Policy Group (MHPG) is an informal coalition of six national organisations working together to improve mental health through policy influencing activities at the national level.

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