A new report from the Mental Health Taskforce outlines recommendations for improving mental health care across the board for young people and adults.

Mental health taskforce publishes new mental health recommendations

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health stresses that mental health services are underfunded and that there needs to be a "cross-party, cross society consensus" to improve care in England.

Key recommendations include

  • By 2020/21, one million extra people will be provided with support for their mental health problem.
  • People facing a crisis should have access to mental health care 24/7 – right care, right place, and right time.
  • People’s mental and physical health should be treated equally – including people with severe mental health problems, women in the perinatal period, children and young people.
  • All areas of society, such as schools, workplaces and community organisations need to contribute to the promotion of good mental health and prevention of mental health problems – in all areas of people’s lives.
  • Too many people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities have problems accessing good quality mental health care and have lost faith in services. The taskforce demands urgent action to ensure that everyone gets the help they need, irrespective of their background or the communities they belong to.

Suzanne Hudson, Chief Executive of Bipolar UK, said:

"We absolutely support the recommendations set out in the report. Demand for Bipolar UK's support and services is accelerating sharply and there is greater awareness of bipolar than ever before. Over one million people in the UK have bipolar and millions more are affected. Yet funding and resources dedicated to this complex, life-long illness are shockingly poor."

The report was commissioned by NHS England and produced by the Mental Health Taskforce, led by Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind.