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Theresa May outlines new package of support to 'transform mental health support'

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31 / 01 / 2017

Prime Minister pledges a revolution in mental health treatment
The Government’s response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, January 2017


In her first major speech of the year, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has outlined a package of measures to transform mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities.

The Prime Minister used the annual Charity Commission lecture to outline her vision for parity of esteem, stating that this can only be achieved if every institution recognises the role it plays in delivering this objective.

The new measures outlined, include the following:

  • New support for schools, with every secondary school in the country to be offered mental health first aid training and new trials to look at how to strengthen the links between schools and local NHS mental health staff.
  • A thematic review of child and adolescent mental health services across the country led by the CQC and a new green paper on children and young people’s mental health to set out the plans to transform services in schools, universities and for families.
  • A new partnership with employers to improve mental health support in the workplace.
  • Further alternatives to hospital to support people in the community.
  • Plans to rapidly expand treatment by investing in and expanding digital mental health services.
  • Ending the unfair practice of patients being charged up to £300 by their GP for a form to prove they have mental health issues.
  • Government support for NHS England’s commitment to eliminate inappropriate placements to inpatient beds for children and young people by 2021.

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