by Steve Beasant on 24 January, 2014
Join the discussion on how to bring mental health care in line with physical health
Following the launch of the government’s new mental health action plan closing the gap: priorities for essential change in mental health, the social care news blog is inviting comments and suggestions on achieving parity of esteem for mental and physical health.
The mental health action plan was launched in London on 20 January 2014 by the Deputy Prime Minister.
The event brought together mental health experts, charities and users of mental health services, and Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb chaired a discussion on bringing mental health care in line with physical health.
Speakers at the event included:
The topics discussed included:
Find out more
Listen to Norman Lamb speaking about the new mental health action plan.
Listen to Professor Peter Fonagy talking about parity of esteem for mental health.
Listen to all the speeches and discussions from the event.
See the storify of the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech.
Mental health action plan
Closing the gap: priorities for essential change in mental health outlines 25 areas for health and care services to take action to make a difference to the lives of people with mental health conditions.
These changes will mean that the system is fairer for people with mental health problems.
Some of the main measures include:
Mental health problems are common and 1 in 4 people experience stress, anxiety and depression at some point in their lives.
The cost of mental illness is not just counted in the NHS, it also costs the economy over £105 billion every year.Leave a comment