Your party has a duty to invest in everyone’s wellbeing and ensure people living with a mental health problem get the services and support they need.
Staying mentally healthy is one of the biggest challenges we all face today. Poor mental health is becoming a national crisis.
The main parties say they value mental and physical health equally, but funding for mental health services have faced more severe cuts than other services.
The use of anti-depressants has increased at an alarming rate – 25 per cent since 2008. In 2013 a staggering 53 million prescriptions were dispensed in England alone.
At least 1,700 inpatient mental health beds have closed since 2011 and thousands of people are taken to hospitals nowhere near their homes – in some cases 200 miles away.
Just 4.4 per cent of Work Programme participants on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) living with mental health problems, have found sustainable employment.
In England alone, the cost mental health problems have on the economy is approximately £105 billion a year. Cutting services isn’t the answer.
Our manifesto and briefings explain the six commitments we want your party to make in government. Together, we can build a better future for mental health.