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For too long, people with mental health problems have had to put up with second-rate, second-class services. This has affected lives and it has cost lives.

The Mental Health Taskforce, an independent group of experts chaired by Mind's CEO Paul Farmer, has produced a report and recommendations that will transform mental health care over the next five years. Now it's down to the NHS and other organisations to get the job done.

Read the report

Tell your MP to make sure the job gets done

We need all MPs to join our calls for change and to make sure the NHS and other organisations get the job done.

Ask your local MP to:

  • find out what CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) in your constituency are doing to deliver the ambition in the Taskforce's recommendations
  • ask a parliamentary question on how the Prime Minister will ensure the Taskforce recommendations are delivered and what oversight will be implemented.

A briefing for MPs about the taskforce is right here (PDF). 

10 changes the Taskforce want to see happen

The Mental Health Taskforce’s report is a landmark moment in transforming mental health care in England. It demands urgent action to ensure that everyone gets the help they need, irrespective of their background or the communities they belong to.

Mind supports the Taskforce’s recommendations. Now it’s down to the NHS and Government to get the job done. If delivered properly by 2020/21, the changes we want to see are:

  1. One million extra people provided with support for their mental health problem.                         
  2. 10 per cent fewer people take their own lives and everyone in a mental health crisis gets the right care, at the right time, in the right place, seven days a week and 24 hours a day.          
  3. People’s mental health and physical health are treated equally - including people with severe mental health problems, pregnant women and new mums, and children and young people.                   
  4. All children and young people get the right mental health support, when and where they need it.
  5. Clear access and waiting time standards for mental health are in place so you know when you will get treatment.                               
  6. More people have access to the right talking therapy.                   
  7. Fewer people are sent miles away from home for mental health care – ultimately no one will have to travel for quality care.                      
  8. People who fall out of work due to their mental health are provided with personalised, effective and voluntary support to help them back to work.                       
  9. People who have had the worst experiences of accessing good quality mental health care, particularly people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities, get the help they need.                               
  10. Public attitudes to mental health have improved by a further 5 per cent.
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Background to the Taskforce and the report

Over 20,000 people who live with a mental health problem or work in the mental health sector told us they want timely access to good quality mental health services, their mental and physical needs to be treated equally, and a bigger focus to be placed on preventing mental health problems.

They also told us that a decent place to live, a job and good quality relationships in their local communities were crucial to their ability to stay well.

Having waited a long time for a fair deal, publication of the Mental Health Taskforce's report is a landmark moment in transforming mental health care in England.

We need staff actually showing respect for patients with mental health problems and acknowledging that they are people who have a character and abilities beyond their mental illness - we are more than our problems.

The taskforce is chaired by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind. It includes members from partner bodies who hold critical responsibilities related to the planning and delivery of care, representatives from the voluntary sector, and professional bodies.

In order to develop their report, the Taskforce explored the variation in access to, and quality of, care and support across England. It looked at outcomes for people who are and aren’t able to access care and support, and also considered methods of prevention of mental health problems.

The taskforce sought the views and expertise of people with personal experience of mental health problems, families, carers and professionals as well as reviewing clinical and economic evidence. People gave their views on what works well, what doesn’t and how we can tackle some of the challenges – including the stigma that too frequently prevents people going to get the help they need.

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