UK Government on Mental Health

The UK government recognizes the importance of mental health and has made efforts to improve mental health services and support. In recent years, there have been a number of initiatives and policies aimed at improving access to mental health services, reducing the stigma surrounding mental health, and increasing funding for mental health research.

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In 2018, the UK government published its “Long-Term Plan for the NHS” which included a commitment to increase funding for mental health services by at least £2 billion a year by 2023/2024. This plan also set a goal to increase the number of people accessing talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and to improve access to mental health services for children and young people.

The UK government also introduced the “Mental Health Act” which aims to improve the rights and care of people with mental health problems, and to ensure that patients receive safe and appropriate care. This act also introduced the concept of “Advance Choice Documents” which allows individuals to have a say in their treatment if they become unwell in the future.

In addition to these initiatives, the UK government has also made efforts to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health through campaigns such as “Time to Change” and “Every Mind Matters” which encourage people to talk about their mental health and seek help if needed.

The UK government also launched the “Five Year Forward View for Mental Health” in 2017, which set out a vision for improving mental health services, and announced a £1 billion funding package to support the implementation of the plan. The plan focuses on increasing access to mental health services, improving the quality of care, and developing new and innovative treatments.

Overall, the UK government has made significant efforts to improve mental health services and support in recent years. However, there is still much work to be done in order to achieve parity between physical and mental health services, and to ensure that everyone has access to the support they need.

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