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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Competition launched to support mental health sufferers and end of life care

Businesses are being encouraged to come up with new products or services that will help improve the experience of people with mental health illnesses and people the end of their … Read more → – Competition launched to support mental health sufferers and end of life care

Department announces pilot projects to improve severe mental illness services

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb today announced that 6 local projects have begun work to help improve access to psychological therapies for those with severe mental illnesses. The 6 … Read more → – Department announces pilot projects to improve severe mental illness services

Government publishes final report on Winterbourne View Hospital

The government has today published its final report into the events at Winterbourne View Hospital and has set out a programme of action to transform services so that vulnerable people … Read more → – Government publishes final report on Winterbourne View Hospital

Video: Norman Lamb on Winterbourne View hospital report

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb talks about the Government’s final report on Winterbourne View Hospital. He discusses: solutions for dealing with the issue of people currently in inappropriate long-stay … Read more → – Video: Norman Lamb on Winterbourne View hospital report

Amendments to the high security psychiatric services directions 2012

These directions apply to the 3 trusts which provide high secure mental health services at Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton Hospitals. They should be read alongside the High Security Psychiatric Services … Read more → – Amendments to the high security psychiatric services directions 2012

Response on funding allocations for independent mental health services and the treatment of armed forces’ compensation in charging for social care

The Department of Health has today published its consultation response and a summary of views received on options for distributing funding to local authorities for Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) … Read more → – Response on funding allocations for independent mental health services and the treatment of armed forces’ compensation in charging for social care

Technical change to the process for approving doctors working under the Mental Health Act

This afternoon the Secretary of State for Health announced that the Department of Health is taking action to correct an irregularity in the application of the Mental Health Act 1983. … Read more → – Technical change to the process for approving doctors working under the Mental Health Act