The issues and our manifesto

GE2015 Voices Of Mind

Our Mind Manifesto ‘Take action for better mental health' lays out six commitments that we want the next government to make for better mental health. It has had an overwhelmingly positive response from supporters, campaigners and national policy makers.

Find out about the six key commitments we want the next government to make.

Find out what the parties have put in their manifestos on mental health.

1. Reduce mental health stigma and discrimination

We want the next government to commit to reducing mental health stigma and discrimination, and to continue supporting the Time to Change anti-discrimination campaign.

Speaking out about stigma

Violet, Andy, Becki and David talk about how stigma toward mental health problems has affected their lives. Please share this video with your friends and family.

Read our briefing on Stigma

2. Talking therapies within 28 days of referral

We’re calling for the NHS to offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to everyone who needs them within 28 days of requesting a referral. This should be even sooner if you’re in a mental health crisis.

Speaking out about talking therapies

When you’re living with a mental health problem, waiting too long for therapy can have a hugely negative impact on your life. It can damage relationships, stop you working and have long-lasting effects on your mental health.

Read our talking therapies briefing

3. A national strategy for mental wellbeing

We want the next Government to introduce a national strategy to ensure local authorities know how to use their budgets to prevent mental health problems developing and reduce the number of people becoming unwell.

It doesn't make sense

Millions of pounds are spent every year to prevent people developing problems like heart disease or cancer, but hardly anything is spent on preventing mental health problems. This year, most local authorities are only spending (on average) 1.36 per cent of their prevention budgets on mental health.

That doesn't make sense.

Read our briefing on wellbeing

4. Back to work support 

We’re calling on the next Government to take people with mental health problems out of current back-to-work schemes. We need a new programme focusing on person-centred and specialist support that understands people with mental health problems and the challenges they face.

Andy's story

Andy has personal experience of falling out of work due to mental health problems. He used to be a headteacher but after suffering from a deep depression and not getting the right support, he had to leave his role.

Watch him tell his story.

Our briefing on back to work support

5. Crisis Care 

We know excellent crisis care can save lives. We’re calling for the next government, and the next set of MPs, to provide clear leadership and resources to make sure excellent crisis care is available everywhere.

John's story

John has multiple mental health diagnoses – bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and a personality disorder – as well as physical diagnoses including heart disease and prostate cancer. He's experienced very different quality of care for his mental health compared to his physical health. Watch his story.

Read our briefing on crisis care

Kirsty's story

Kirsty first experienced mental health problems at 14 and has recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She’s had several mental health crises and feels she’s never got the support she needed, despite asking various GPs and other health professionals for help.

Join us and tell your next MP to support excellent crisis care in your area.

Anne-Marie's story

Anne-Marie enjoyed working in a customer-facing role for over 11 years. She enjoyed being able to give customer satisfaction, especially with elderly and disabled people. It helped her feel better about herself. However, due to a mental health problem she cannot currently work.

Watch Anne-Marie tell her story.

6. Funding 

We're calling on the next government to take responsibility for ensuring that mental health is given the funding it needs: at least a 10 per cent increase in the next Parliament.

Speaking out about funding for mental health

Mental health services have been cut year on year for the last five years by a total of 8 per cent. This is despite politicians saying that mental health should be treated equally to physical health. Our amazing volunteers discuss the effect of underfunding on the care people receive.

Read our funding briefing

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