Mental health

One in four adults experience mental illness at some point during their lifetime and one in six experience symptoms at any one time – making mental illness the largest single cause of disability in our society. Our policies need to focus on outcomes, emphasising identification of what actually happens to the health of the patient as a result of the treatment and care they receive, as well as giving emphasis to the voice of patients and service users.

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Children and Young People’s Mental Health – recent developments

This letter issued jointly by Prof Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer); Dame Christine Beasley (Chief Nursing Officer); Dr Keith Ridge (Chief Pharmaceutical Officer) and Prof Sir Bruce Keogh (NHS … Read more → – Children and Young People’s Mental Health – recent developments

Adult Autism Strategy: next steps in the national self assessment framework exercise

The first ever strategy for adults with autism in England, Fulfilling and Rewarding Lives, was published in March 2010. The strategy sets out a long-term vision and ambition to improve … Read more → – Adult Autism Strategy: next steps in the national self assessment framework exercise

PbR MH Factsheet No 18 November 2011

This factsheet provides a short update on recent development work  in the commissioning of mental health (MH) services. This month’s factsheet includes information on payment by results  (PbR) guidance for … Read more → – PbR MH Factsheet No 18 November 2011

Reforms to mental health services. Tell us what you think in a live webchat: Tues 29 November

David Behan, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships and Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, will be hosting a live webchat at … Read more → – Reforms to mental health services. Tell us what you think in a live webchat: Tues 29 November

Reports published on investment levels in mental health services

The Department of Health has published the latest annual reports on the level of investment in mental health services. The National Survey of Investment in Adult Mental Health Services provides … Read more → – Reports published on investment levels in mental health services

PbR update – October 2011

Welcome to the seventh update from the Department’s Payment by Results (PbR) team. The purpose of these updates is to keep colleagues in the NHS and other interested parties informed … Read more → – PbR update – October 2011

Improved mental health therapies for children

Girl sitting against a wall

One in ten children aged 5-16 years has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. At any one time, more than a million children will have a diagnosable mental health disorder … Read more → – Improved mental health therapies for children