Monday, 22 February 2016

Funding is welcome, but root causes of mental illness are growing

Funding is welcome, but root causes of mental illness are growing Rise in rough sleepers, children living with an alcoholic parent and prison suicides show that more money is just the start.

The impression is being created of unstoppable momentum towards expansion and improvement of mental health services. Reports, cash and pledges of action are piling up. But it is hard to identify what will change and from where the money will come. Meanwhile, the problems that give rise to mental illnesses are growing.

Hitting hyperbolic heights this week, NHS England promised “the biggest transformation of mental health care across the NHS in a generation”. In the wake of the report (pdf) by the Mental Health Taskforce, led by Mind chief executive Paul Farmer, NHS England pledged to help millions more people and invest more than £1bn a year by 2020–21. Continue reading... The Guardian

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