BPS welcomes investment in the nation's psychological health

The President of the British Psychological Society says he was encouraged by yesterday’s announcement of more investment in mental health services.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes said:

“I welcome the emphasis on teenagers and young people, young mothers, maximising psychological healthcare provision through extending liaison psychological health services in A&E departments and a huge amount of funding for developing crisis resolution and home treatment centres as an alternative to hospital.

More particularly, I am heartened and encouraged that the prime minister has seized this opportunity to speak out about the necessity of ridding this country of the stigma surrounding mental health problems. This is precisely the kind of impetus that we need to affect long-lasting culture change."

Among the plans announced by David Cameron in a speech to the charity Family Action in North London yesterday were:

  • £290m to help new and expectant mothers with poor mental health
  • £247m to place mental health services in every hospital emergency department
  • faster care and expanded services for teenagers with eating disorders
  • new waiting time target for people experiencing psychosis
  • over £400m for crisis home resolution teams to deliver 24/7 treatment in communities and homes as a safe and effective alternative to hospitals

Today Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, announced that more than £54m will be made available to improve access to mental health services.

This additional investment is intended to improve access to psychological therapies for all ages including for children and adolescent’s mental health services.

The aim is to offer treatment to an additional 10,000 patients in the first year, an increase of around 25 per cent on current numbers, rising to 20,000 in 2019/20.

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes said:

"I'm also delighted with the announcement by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of a very substantial increase in funding to psychological healthcare services in Scotland."