Prime Minister pledges a revolution in mental health treatment
Monday January 11th, 2016
Almost a billion pounds of investment, targeted at support for new mums and the first ever waiting time targets for teenagers with eating disorders, will all be announced by the Prime Minister as he plans to use a keynote speech to take on the taboo of poor mental health and transform services across the country.
The announcements will come as part of a speech focused on the government’s plans to transform people’s life chances and begin a new approach to put a stop to poverty.
The Prime Minister’s plans will include: The announcements will come as part of a speech focused on the government’s plans to transform people’s life chances and begin a new approach to put a stop to poverty; £247 million to invest in liaison mental health services in emergency departments; over £400 million to enable 24/7 treatment in communities as a safe and effective alternative to hospital; and expanded services to help teenagers with eating disorders.
Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind and Independent Chair of NHS England’s Taskforce on Mental Health, said:
“This is a significant moment for mental health and we are pleased to see the Prime Minister giving it the attention it deserves. Mental health is hugely important in any discussion about improving life chances and mental health problems can affect anyone, from mums-to-be preparing for their first child to older people at risk of isolation.”
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