Why we need to focus on prevention
It’s time to build understanding of mental health, through targeted public health programmes that prevent mental health problems from developing and from being ignored. Delivered through the NHS and in schools, workplaces and community groups, these programmes – combined with further support for the Time to Change campaign – will also help to reduce mental health stigma and discrimination.
Why we need to focus on access to support
It’s time for significant investment in mental health with a faster rate of growth, so timely treatment and support becomes the norm whenever someone experiences a mental health problem. An agreed set of ambitions for services and treatment is needed with a greater focus on early intervention services that can prevent mental health crises. High-quality crisis services also need to be prioritised. And physical and mental health services need to be integrated more closely and more effectively.
Why we need to focus on recovery
It’s time to improve the support people receive as they live with or recover from a mental health problem. That means being able to access good quality accommodation. It means having the right help to get back into work, education or training. It means an emphasis on comprehensive support and care, effectively meeting whatever needs people may have. We need a corresponding cross-government plan to match the ambition set by the Prime Minister and the Government.
Why we need to focus on inequality
It’s time to reverse existing health inequalities, by investing in communities where the prevalence of mental health problems is disproportionately high – and by tackling institutional discrimination. We also need to take a hard look at the causes of persistent inequalities that affect how people engage with services – including racism, poverty, social exclusion, violence and trauma.
Read Mind's report 'Transforming mental health' for our full recommendations to the NHS.