29 / 05 / 2015
‘Improving England’s Mental Health: The First 100 Days and Beyond
’ has been produced jointly by Centre for Mental Health, the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Network, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
The 100 day plan sets out five priority areas for action. Actions include:
1. Ensure fair funding for mental health
- A commitment in the July emergency budget, and the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) later in the year, to increase levels of investment in mental health services in real terms, over the lifetime of the Parliament. The Government should also restate the commitment made in the March 2015 budget to increase investment in mental health services for children and new mothers by £1.25 billion over the Parliament.
2. Give children a good start in life
- Commit to take forward the recommendations of the recently published Children and Young People Mental Health Taskforce report, Future in Mind.
3. Improve physical health care for people with mental health problems
- Develop tailored public health programmes for people with mental health problems, with a particular focus on Public Health England’s priorities of obesity, smoking, and harmful drinking
4. Improve the lives of people with mental health problems
– Commit to extending Time to Change funding over the five years of this Parliament. Put in place better employment support nationwide for people who are out of work and seeking employment, plus urgently review the effectiveness of the use of benefit conditions and sanctions among people with mental health problems.
5. Enable better access to mental health services
– Commit to consult on proposals to introduce new national waiting time guarantees for mental health services in the first year of the Parliament.