Making it happen: Mind's 2017 election manifesto for better mental health

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3 May 2017
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Mental health is one of the biggest domestic issues facing the next government. More people than ever are speaking out about mental health and demanding change. As a nation our expectations for better mental health for all are higher than ever, and Mind believe that the next government must rise to this challenge.

This guide sets out six key commitments for the next government:

  • Deliver the investment and commitments agreed in the 'Five Year Forward View for Mental Health'.
  • Improve public understanding and prevention of mental health.
  • Tackle the culture of fear and silence of mental health in the workplace.
  • Make sure anyone with a mental health problem can access financial support from the welfare system.
  • Ensure local authorities have sufficient funding to deliver tailored social support and advice to alleviate debt.
  • Change outdated and discriminatory legislation.

All of these issues are discussed in depth and a series of recommendations provided for each topic. Mind believe there is still progress to be made in terms of providing support for those with mental health difficulties. In many parts of the country services are still poor and people lack the essential support that is necessary for their full participation in society.

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