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New Horizons: towards a shared vision for mental health - consultation

  • Launch date:
    23 July 2009
  • Closing date:
    15 October 2009
  • Creator/s:
    Department of Health
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  • Outcome published:
    17 March 2010

Good mental health is fundamental to the well-being and prosperity of England. In the last decade, greater investment and reforms have transformed mental health care; but now we need to go further.

We need to target the root causes of mental illness and support the local development of higher quality, more personalised services.  

New Horizons sets out ideas for achieving this. It explores the prevention of mental illness and earlier intervention when things go wrong. It also looks at how services can become more innovative and work more effectively together.

In particular, New Horizons focuses on how Government, services and communities can work together to: get everyone to play their part in improving mental well-being; make it easier for people to get the right help; promote equality and make society fairer; and reduce the stigma that people with poor mental health experience.

While New Horizons describes some clear ideas that have emerged during discussions with a wide range of people it is not a final document. There are still important questions to be answered and your response can help influence the final version.

You will also soon be able to download an easy read version of New Horizons, as well as translations of the vision and executive summary.


The Government's response to this consultation is attached below


Government response to consultation

Published: 17 March 2010

Final New Horizons document

Published: 7 December 2009

  • Contact:
    New Horizons
  • Address:
    Mental Health Policy Team
    Department of Health
    Wellington House
    133-155 Waterloo Road
    London SE1 8UG
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