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We need mental health promotion plan

Commenting on the Deputy Prime Minister's speech yesterday about mental health, Dr John Middleton, Vice President for Policy, and Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown, Co-Chair of FPH's Mental Health Committee said:

"We welcome the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech, in which he focused on the need to develop public understanding of mental illness and improve services.

"However, the proposals outlined yesterday are in danger of stumbling at the first hurdle unless they are backed by the kind of mental health promotion plan detailed in the current English cross-government strategy, No Health without Mental Health. The Deputy Prime Minister’s speech made no reference to this important strategy at all.

"We know that you can prevent mental health problems and develop resilient adults by supporting parenting and school mental health promotion programmes. 

"Yet many of the valuable services that can support parents and promote mental health in schools have been hit hard by the recession and by policy cutbacks. We need these services to be properly funded and protected, not just ‘nice to haves’ that are vulnerable to cutbacks."

Written: 21/01/2014 , last modified: 08/07/2014