Call for new thinking on mental health

Talking therapies should be available as a matter of routine and mental wellbeing should be promoted in all schools by 2015, says a new report.

Alternatives to hospital admission, including crisis houses and hotels, should also be introduced over the next 10 years, according to the paper by four health and social care bodies.

It suggests greater use of individual budgets for people with mental health problems, with advice provided by experts in employment, benefits and housing as well as care.

The study, by the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, the Local Government Association, the Association of Directors of Social Services and the NHS Confederation, recommends the government increases funding on anti-stigma programmes and gives the Supporting People programme “sustained investment”.

Download The future of mental health: a vision for 2015

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