General Election 2015: Policy makers

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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.

Our manifesto

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Whoever forms the next government, we want them to make six commitments to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental health problem.

Read our manifesto.



We want the next government to commit to reducing stigma and to continue supporting the Time to Change anti-discrimination programme.

Find out more.

Talking therapies


We’re calling on the next government to ensure the NHS in England offers a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to everyone who needs them within 28 days of requesting a referral.

Read our briefing on talking therapies.


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We're calling on the next government to develop a strategy which focuses on building resilience and wellbeing across the whole country.

Find out how you can get involved.

Support into work

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We want the next government to transform the support for people who are not working because of their mental health and create a system that really helps them to overcome the barriers they face.

Read our report here.


Crisis care

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We calling on the next government to ensure everyone gets safe, speedy and accessible crisis care whenever they need it, no matter where they turn.

Read our briefing on crisis care.

Mental Health A-Z

Information and advice on a huge range of mental health topics

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Helping you to better understand and support people with mental health problems

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