Six priorities for mental health in England

This page refers to our campaign for the General Election in 2017. Find out more about what we’re asking for in the 2019 General Election and how you can get involved. It’s time for leaders to press play on mental health.

Whichever party forms the next government, we want them to make six commitments to improve the lives of everyone affected by mental health problems:

  1. Deliver the investment and commitments agreed in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health - the national plan to improve mental health care – and go beyond this to take us closer to putting mental health on an equal footing with physical health.
  2. Improve public understanding of mental health and reduce negative attitudes and discrimination, including supporting the Time to Change campaign to sustain its work.
  3. Tackle the culture of fear and silence of mental health in the workplace by providing increased and better support and incentives for employers to create mentally healthy workplaces for all staff, including employees with mental health problems. For people with mental health problems who are out of work, ensure they are offered voluntary, individually tailored back-to-work support delivered by trained staff who understand how mental health can impact on a person’s ability to get and stay in work.
  4. Make sure anyone with a mental health problem who requires it can access financial support from the welfare system to help manage the extra costs of having a mental health problem, so they can stay well and live independently, free from the fear of sanctions and having their benefits removed if they are too unwell to work.
  5. Ensure local authorities have sufficient funding to deliver tailored social support and advice to alleviate debt, social isolation and housing insecurity - the issues that make life harder for people with mental health problems.
  6. Change outdated and discriminatory legislation like the Mental Health Act and the definition of disability to ensure everyone with mental health problems gets support and respect.

 

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