For World Mental Health Day 2011

The British Psychological Society has joined a number of other major professional organisations to call for investment in mental health services despite the current economic downturn.

In a letter sent to several national newspapers, the organisations say:

“Every year one in six of us will experience mental ill health, yet only a quarter will seek treatment. The social cost of mental ill health is over £100bn – more than the entire NHS budget – and half of all mental health problems begin before the age of 15.

The government’s recent mental health strategy “No Health without Mental Health” sets out how important mental well-being is to every one of us and how much still needs to be done to ensure that people affected by mental ill health enjoy the same chances in life as everyone else.

People with mental health problems tell us they require services that meet both their mental health and social needs. Yet the current reductions in social care and support to the voluntary sector are having a significant impact on the lives of those who are already marginalised and living in poverty.”

Besides Society President Dr Carole Allan the other signatories of the letter are:

  • Sue Bailey, President, Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Sean Duggan, Centre for Mental Health
  • Ian Hulatt, Royal College of Nursing
  • Genevieve Smyth, British College of Occupational Therapists
  • Faye Wilson, British Association of Social Workers