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 Mental Health Taskforce which produced the report was chaired by Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind. It included 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.