General Election 2015: Funding

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Mental health services have always been underfunded. On top of this, they have been cut by 2.3 per cent in three years. This means more people are becoming unwell and not being supported.

The issue has become too big to ignore. Mental health services are not an optional extra.

This is our last chance before the General Election to make our point to the people at the top. Email the party leaders asking them to commit to more funding for mental health.

Our Election Voices talk about funding for mental health

Listen to what our amazing volunteers have to say about funding for mental health and take action today.

Email the party leaders and call on them to take responsibility for ensuring that mental health is given the funding it needs.

What you need to know

Mental health services are on their knees and hundreds of thousands of people are being failed by the NHS.

The issue has become too big to ignore.

  • 75 per cent of people with anxiety and depression get no help at all in the UK.
  • 2,100 mental health beds have been closed since 2011.
  • Over 40 per cent of people in need of talking therapies wait over 3 months before getting any help, and 1 in 6 people not getting the support they need attempt to take their own life.

It's simply not good enough, not in 2015. The case is made and we won't shy away from saying that mental health services need more 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.

Take action

Thanks to your campaigning, mental health is getting a lot more attention than it used to, from politicians, the media, and members of the public. It feels as though things are beginning to change.

To keep the momentum the next government needs to put its money where its mouth is. Without the right funding, we cannot achieve the changes we want to see.

This is our last chance before the General Election to make our point to the people at the top.

  • Email the party leaders asking them to commit to more funding for mental health.
  • Sign our petition and share it with your friends.

 

For MPs and candidates

After decades of chronic underfunding for mental health, the next government will need to show determined leadership if it is going to create parity of esteem between physical and mental health.

We are calling on each party to publicly commit to increasing the NHS mental health budget by at least ten per cent, in real terms, over the course of the next Parliament.

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