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What social services ‘can do’ to improve mental health

The government has published its “implementation framework” for the national mental health strategy. Essentially it outlines a roadmap for how local authorities, the NHS, employers and central govenrment can deliver the strategy’s goals.

I’ll be covering social worker reaction to the framework later this morning. The general consensus from those I’ve spoken to so far is that the document contains “plenty of good stuff”, particularly its strong emphasis on the human rights dimension of mental health.

The caveat is that the framework doesn’t seem to confront the uncomfortable truth that this all has to be delivered in the context of huge cuts to public services.

More of that later. For now I thought it’d be useful to pull out the report’s  recommendations for how adult and children’s social services can improve mental health care.


About Andy McNicoll

Andy is community editor at Community Care, with a focus on reporting on mental health. He has previously worked for titles focusing on the NHS and substance misuse sectors. You can contact him at

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