Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, speaking to BBC News ahead of a conference at which the government unveiled the new mental health strategy, commented how the NHS has been wrong to treat mental illness as a poor cousin of physical health. There remains too much prejudice, stigma and discrimination about mental health issues.
Read more: Clegg attacks NHS mental health care.
Buchanan, M. (2013). Clegg attacks NHS mental health care. London: BBC Health News, January 20th 2013.
This relates to the following report, which specifies 25 priorities for change regarding how children and adults with mental health problems are supported and treated. This document supports the Government’s mental health strategy “No Health without Mental Health” (see the bottom of this page).
Closing the gap: priorities for essential change in mental health. London: Department of Health, January 20th 2014.
Health and Wellbeing Boards and Mental Health (Centre for Mental Health)
An earlier Centre for Mental Health report reviewed 100 Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (JHWSs) and found that nine failed to mention mental health as a priority. It investigated the importance that Health and Wellbeing Boards give to mental health in their strategies, and those factors which have a bearing on the agenda of mental health.
Scrutton, J. (2013). A place for parity: health and wellbeing boards and mental health. London: Centre for Mental Health, November 2013.
Ten Questions for Your Council (Centre for Mental Health)
Ten questions have been raised to help local authorities promote the mental wellbeing of their populations and improve recovery from mental health problems.
Ten questions for your council. London: Centre for Mental Health / UCLPartners, December 2013.
Psychological Wellbeing and Work (RAND Europe)
The following report, commissioned by the Department of Health, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office Contestable Policy Fund, explores how to improve the employment and health prospects of people with mental health problems.
van Stolk, C. Hofman, J. [and] Hafner, M. [et al] (2014). Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes. Cambridge: RAND Europe, January 2014.
Mental Health and Illness Factsheet (NHS Confederation / Mental Health Network)
The Mental Health Network has published an updated factsheet covering statistics and trends in mental health. It offers an overview of the main trends and challenges for mental health services.
Key facts and trends in mental health: 2014 update. London: NHS Confederation / Mental Health Network, January 2014.
Mental Health and Community Services (NHS Confederation)
Mental health organisations offer increasingly diverse services. This NHS Confederation / Mental Health Foundation briefing explores the opportunities (and the challenges) presented by combined or integrated trusts.
Mental health and community services. London: NHS Confederation / Mental Health Foundation, December 12th 2013.
Mental Health Dashboard (Department of Health)
Progress against the objectives of the Government’s “No health without mental health” mental health strategy is published on the mental health dashboard. This brings together the best evidence on mental health, to help improve outcomes. It covers data on: mental health services; the physical wellbeing of people with mental health problems; and experience of stigma and discrimination.
No health without mental health: mental health dashboard. London: Department of Health, December 2013.
Specialist Welfare Advice Via Mental Health Services (Centre for Mental Health)
Poor mental health is associated with the experience of welfare problems. This Centre for Mental Health report recommends the provision specialist welfare advice for users of mental health services; to better intervene early as difficulties emerge and to support recovery. The Sheffield Mental Health Citizens Advice Bureau (SMHCAB) is used as an example of how specialist welfare advice can cut the cost of mental health care in three ways:
- Reductions in hospital admissions and inpatient length of stay.
- Prevention of homelessness.
- Prevention of relapse.
It is proposed that specialist welfare advice becomes a commissioning priority, and that the government should include welfare advice in the NHS Outcomes Framework, Social Care Outcomes Framework and Public Health Outcomes Framework.
Parsonage, M. (2013). Welfare advice for people who use mental health services: Developing the business case. London: Centre for Mental Health, December 2013.
Invisible Costs of Mental Ill-Health in London (GLA)
This Greater London Authority (GLA) report discusses the scale of the impact of mental ill-health in London. It is estimated to cost £26 billion in economic and social costs in London. 65,000 Londoners live with dementia.
London mental health: the invisible costs of mental ill-health. London: Greater London Authority (GLA), January 2014.
The 2011 “No Health Without Mental Health” Government Outcomes Strategy (Department of Health)
The Department of Health’s 2011 “No Health Without Mental Health” strategy is accessible via this link:
No health without mental health: a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages. London: Department of Health, February 2011.
Mental Health Research Funding?
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has pledged to put £50m for mental health research into the party’s next election manifesto.
Pym, H. (2014). Clegg: Mental health research ‘needs boost’. London: BBC Health News, August 7th 2014.
Time to Change “Get The Picture” Campaign
The “Get The Picture” campaign aims to change how mental health-related stories are illustrated in the media. This Time to Change anti-stigma campaign is backed by the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
Hawkins, K. (2015). Mental health and the death of the “headclutcher” picture. London: BBC Health News, April 13th 2015.