Slow progress on change, says charity

    Campaigners have warned that significant changes have yet to
    take place in mental health, despite the fact the government is
    half way through its 10-year national service framework.

    Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of charity Sane, said a report
    into progress on the NSF’s implementation by mental health tsar
    Louis Appleby stated that  services ha improved for some service
    users over the past five years.

    But she added: “We have yet to see significant change for most
    of the thousands of people who call us each week.”  Assertive
    outreach, early intervention and crisis resolution teams sounded
    progressive but in reality were able to deal with limited numbers
    of people, Wallace said.

    In his report, Appleby says that many people are still not aware
    of who they can contact in a crisis.  Under the NSF, 335 crisis
    resolution teams were supposed to have been set up by the end of
    2004, but only 168 have been formed.

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