Former mental health minister, Norman Lamb, Conservative MP, Andrew Mitchell and former Labour spin doctor, Alistair Campbell have launched a new campaign which is calling for an increase in funding for mental health services in England.
The campaign also highlights the lack of access to treatment that many face, with an incredible three out of four mentally ill children receiving no treatment at all. Highlighting the seriousness of this issue, currently, life expectancy for people with mental health problems is 20 years lower than that of the general population.
More than 200 celebrities including Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Frank Skinner, Ian Wright, Ruby Wax and Graham Norton have already backed the campaign in the hope that mental health will finally be treated as seriously as other illnesses.
Whilst accepting that the NHS is already under a huge amount of pressure and is doing everything it can to accommodate the increasing number of people suffering with poor mental health, the Chief Executive of the charity Mind, Paul Farmer commented:
“When people don’t get the right help at the right time, the risk is that they become more unwell and need more intensive - and more expensive - treatment further down the line.”
Already, the cost is estimated at billions of pounds a year, not just for treatment but because of lost days at work, benefit payments because people are too unwell to work and the huge impact that mental health issues have on families.
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