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British Psychological Society signs consensus statement on NHS and mental health

05 December 2018

The Mental Health Policy Group has issued a consensus statement on mental health in the long-term NHS Plan.

The British Psychological Society is one of 17 organisations in the mental health field to sign it. Together they represent providers, professionals, the voluntary and community sector and hundreds of thousands of people who use the NHS and services in the wider community that support their mental health.

The statement says:

The Mental Health Policy Group is pleased to present the following Consensus Statement with partner organisations committed to improving the lives of people with mental health problems. Together we represent providers, professionals, the voluntary and community sector and hundreds of thousands of people who use the NHS and services in the wider community that support their mental health.

Mental health problems remain one of the largest single causes of disability in England affecting one in five mothers during pregnancy or in the first year after childbirth, one in eight children and young people iii  and one in six adults.

It goes on to welcome the Prime Minister’s pledge to bring forward a long-term funding plan for the NHS and calls for it to be underpinned by seven principles:

  • The next decade must see real parity of esteem for mental health delivered
  • Mental health should be threaded throughout the long-term NHS plan
  • Improved mental health support is not just about the NHS
  • ‘Holistic’ support is needed to help people of all ages manage both their physical and mental health. 
  • Ambitious pathways and waiting time standards are needed to ensure people with mental ill health receive the right treatment at the right time
  • A psychologically-informed workforce should be developed across all parts of the NHS, and is vital for providing a truly holistic, whole-person approach to all healthcare
  • The disproportionately low levels of research funding for mental health should be addressed.

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