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Clegg and Burstow set out new Mental Health Strategy

February 2, 2011 9:41 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

The No health without mental health strategy outlines how a new emphasis on early intervention and prevention will help tackle the underlying causes of mental ill-health. It sets out how the Government will work with the NHS, local government and the third sector to help people recover and challenge stigma.

Central to these plans is an additional investment of around £400 million to improve access to modern, evidence-based psychological therapies over the next four years.

At least one in four people experience a mental health problem at some point in their life and mental ill-health represents up to 23% of the total burden of ill health in the UK - the largest single cause of illness.

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Click here to watch Paul Burstow introduce the new Mental Health Strategy

Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

"The evidence is clear: mental health needs to be addressed with the same urgency as physical health. We need to end the stigma attached to mental illness, to set an example by talking about the issue openly and candidly and ensure everyone can access the support and information they need.

"The strategy today shows how we will put people at the heart of everything we do, from a new focus on early intervention to increased funding for psychological therapy, so that everyone has a fair opportunity to get their lives back on track."

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said:

"For too long mental health has been the poor relation in the NHS. Yet we know that good mental health and resilience are fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education, our work and to achieving our potential.

"What this strategy does is ensure that modern, evidence-based therapies are available for all who need them. Working with others, the Government is determined to promote good mental health and wellbeing and challenge the stigma and discrimination that still affects so many people with mental health problems today.

"With one in four of us likely to suffer from a mental health problem at some point in our lives, it's not a question of them and us. Good mental health is everyone's business."