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Working towards better mental health

The PM has announced that tens of thousands of people with mental health conditions will be supported to find or return to work as part of a massive new drive to transform treatment in England.  Almost 3 in every 5 people with mental health conditions are currently unable to work, despite evidence showing employment can be a crucial part of treatment.

The new approach is based on recommendations from the Mental Health Taskforce – an independent, expert panel chaired by Mind CEO Paul Farmer – which set out a comprehensive plan to tackle the problem which affects millions of people in England and accounts for a quarter of all ill health – higher than heart diseases, cancer & diabetes.

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DH:  PM - Improve mental health treatment to get thousands more back to work

NHS England:  NHS commits to major transformation of mental health care with help for 1m more people

LGA responds to mental health taskforce report

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NHS England:  Improve mental health treatment to get thousands more back to work

CQC:  Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, welcomes the 5 Year Strategy for Mental Health

DH:  New investment in mental health services

NICE:  Membership of social groups after retirement ‘boosts health & wellbeing’

BIG:  Helping to prevent self-harm amongst young people

Patients Association calls for increased funding for mental health services

DfE:  £1.5m to help young people spot signs of mental illness

ESRC:  No health without mental health

Many jobs do not require ‘perfect health’

Is it because we cannot see / touch mental health symptoms?

This impacts on the economy as well as individuals

De-Stressing the working environment can pay dividends

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ScotGov:  Transforming GP & mental health services

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