• Today’s call for evidence will inform a new 10-year mental health plan that aims to advance mental health nationally and bring mental and physical health together.
  • The public, people living with mental health life experiences, and health and care professionals will have 12 weeks through July 5 to share their views on how supports and services should adapt for the future. hybrid
  • The plan will build on current progress, assessing how local services can work together to prevent mental illness.

The general public, people of all ages with life experiences of mental health conditions, and those supporting people with mental illness are encouraged to respond to the 12-week call for informed evidence of a new 10-year mental health plan and refresh of the National Suicide Prevention Plan seeks perspective on what could be improved in the current service, especially in light of the pandemic that has led to record levels of people seeking treatment.

Around a fifth of adults in the UK experience some form of depression in the first three months of 2021, more than double the pre-pandemic figure. Through the NHS Long Term Plan, we are committed to continuing to expand and transform mental health services, and to address the impacts of the pandemic.

We have also provided £500 million to support the hardest hit groups including children and young people and those with severe mental illness through our Mental Health Recovery Action Plan. we.

The call for evidence will now build on this progress, helping us understand more about the causes of mental illness, listen to those who have interacted with services, and who know and support them. support them, to derive ‘what works’. This will assist in the development of a plan to prevent and reduce the impact of risk factors on mental health and suicide, particularly for disproportionate groups.

The 10-year plan builds on the NHS’s Long Term plan and is part of the government’s broader commitments to Build a More Equal Return, towards bringing mental health to par with health. physical health and is an important part of commitments to address health disparities nationally and to improve the nation’s mental health by 2030.

Health and Social Care Minister Sajid Javid said:

The pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on people across the country. As we continue to expand and transform our mental health services under the NHS Long Term Plan to meet growing demand, we know we need to go further.

Too many people, especially our children and young adults, don’t have the tools and support they need to take care of their health or prevent mental health problems from escalating.

We all have a role to play in resetting the way we approach mental health, and our new 10-year plan sets an ambitious agenda for where we want mental health to be. god of the nation is a decade from now.

The sooner someone gets support when they’re struggling with their mental health, the more likely they are to recover. The call for evidence seeks views on how the 10-year plan could complement and expand the work of the NHS Long Term Plan to better address how local services can work together, aimed at preventing people at risk from falling into mental health conditions earlier, with targeted help.

The NHS plays a vital role in identifying, diagnosing, treating and supporting people with mental health conditions, and also has a range of public, private and community services ideally placed to identify people with mental health conditions. identify people who may be in difficulty who can offer support or direction to NHS Services. This may include educational institutions, housing associations, social care, youth centers, workplaces and employment centres.

Mental Health Minister Gillian Keegan said:

Across the country, regardless of your background, you will have the opportunity to grow up in good mental health.

I want to be accessible to anyone in need of mental health services.

I encourage everyone, especially those living with mental health conditions, our carers and our skilled workforce, to share their views on how we are improving our services. mental health services and reduce disparities across the country.

The call for evidence, which begins today (Tuesday 12th April) and ends July 5th, aims to build consensus on the priority actions we need to take collectively. to reduce the number of people who go on to develop mental health conditions, especially for children and young people and communities most at risk. Critical responses are socially reflective, including feedback from people of all ages and backgrounds, to ensure future services work for everyone.

It is actively seeking views on several key questions to be addressed in the plan including:

  • How can we promote positive mental health?
  • How can we all prevent the onset of mental illness?
  • How can we intervene earlier when people need support with their mental health?
  • How can we improve the quality and effectiveness of treatment for mental health conditions?
  • How can we all support people living with mental health conditions to live well?
  • How can we improve support for people in crisis?

NHS England’s National Mental Health Director, Claire Murdoch said:

The pandemic has taken its toll on the nation’s mental health naturally, so there’s no better time to talk about how we as a society can improve mental health. everyone’s god for the next decade.

Improving people’s mental health requires action from all segments of our society, so it’s important that as many people as possible from all walks of life respond to the call for evidence. this.

The plan will also look at how government-wide initiatives including green social prescribing, online harm and Workplace Development can work together to ensure real needs are met. people’s everyday economic, social and emotional well-being, and how to harness the full potential of technology and data to support better mental health and encourage the private sector to play its part.

The response to the call for evidence will also inform the development of a separate National Suicide Prevention Plan that will refresh the 2012 plan. Future details of the plan will be provided. out in the right time.

Dr Alex George, Youth Mental Health Ambassador, said:

We have made a lot of progress in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness, but much remains to be done.

Too many people still don’t know where to turn for help or can’t get help early enough.

Let’s continue to tackle the stigma around mental health – respond to this call for evidence and it all starts the national conversation so that in 10 years the nation’s mental health will better supported. I would love to see the results of this consultation, then the full funding.

Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, said:

Mind has long called for a more participatory approach from Government to mental health, an evidence-based approach to what works in areas such as welfare, education and housing. here to build a better future for all of us and reduce racial discrimination and lingering social inequality in mental health.

A true intergovernmental plan would play a vital role in ensuring support for our mental health begins to rebuild after the pandemic at a similar rate to our physical health. .

Advisor to the Government on the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, Louis Appleby said:

A new plan for suicide prevention is an opportunity to reflect on changing risk patterns, on issues like online safety and gambling.

This is an opportunity to raise our guard and reinvigorate the efforts of those we depend on – bereaved families, charities, professionals and more. It is an opportunity to ensure that suicide prevention is built into our recovery from Covid & to set priorities for action over the next few years.

Victoria Hornby, CEO of Mental Health Innovations, the company that supports Shout 85258:

We welcome the Call for Evidence to announce the new 10-year Mental Health Plan and look forward to contributing insights and evidence from the Scream service’s first four years of operation. During the course of the pandemic, our Shout text service has seen the number of conversations with people in distress triple.

This significant development has enabled us to gain unique insights into the mental health needs and experiences of key groups, including children and young adults, who identify as LGBTQ+, who with autism and underserved communities.

Marjorie Wallace CBE, CEO of SANE, said:

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help create mental health services that can meet an individual need at the time a person turns to help or when they need consistent support. We hope that all involved will take advantage of this opportunity to shape the future.

Mark Rowland, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation, said:

We welcome the government’s recognition that our mental health does not exist in a bunker. It is affected by the quality of our relationships, our education and housing, the fairness of our justice system, the security of our income, and the health of our communities. . A well-resourced, government-wide plan for mental health is the pioneering step we need to build the mentally healthy society we all want: where mental health is our wealth. Property needs to be nurtured, not a problem that needs to be treated.

Mubeen Bhutta, Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns at Samaritans:

Preventable suicides and renewed suicide prevention strategies and 10-year mental health plans are real opportunities to save lives and ensure we learn lessons from these approaches. before.

It is important that this consultation is heard from people with life experience. The long-term impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic is likely to flare up for many years and therefore it is important that we have a well-planned strategy in place to ensure that mental health and prevention are Suicide prevention is considered as important as physical health to the welfare of the nation.

The evidence-based call questions have been developed in collaboration with stakeholders and people with life experience in mental health. More detail on each question can be found in a discussion paper also published today along with the Call for Evidence.

We are transforming mental health services in the UK with an extra £2.3 billion a year spending. This includes expanding talk therapies to ensure 1.9 million people will be able to access them by 2023/24 and giving 345,000 more children access to NHS funded or supported services from schools and universities by 2024.


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