Responding to Matt Hancock’s statement at the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit and the Prime Minister’s announcement on World Mental Health Day, Sean Duggan, chief executive of the Mental Health Network, which is part of the NHS Confederation, said:
“Today we have been seeing more meat on the bones to the commitment from the Government to put mental health on an equal footing to physical health and these announcements are more welcome examples. The Secretary of State and the Prime Minister also provided a pleasing indication of the ambition which must be borne out in the upcoming long-term plan, which we hope will provide much-needed funding for services.
"Suicide remains an issue which touches so many lives, and prevention requires focus and partnership working from many different organisations. We welcome the news that Jackie Doyle-Price MP will now have suicide prevention added to her portfolio, which will provide national oversight for this important issue, and we look forward to working with her.
“We know the mental health of our children and young people is of paramount importance and further strengthening of the links between education and health care providers, and empowering schools to play more of a role in ensuring the mental health of their pupils, is incredibly good news.
“National data around the sector is currently poor, so the announcement of an annual State of the Nation report which highlights trends and issues in children's and young people's mental health is welcome.
“The Secretary of State has made prevention a priority of his tenure and commitments to Public Health England’s Every Mind Matters initiative and a pledge of £30million for global mental health research are fitting signs that mental health is increasingly taken as seriously as physical health in this arena."