Updated: Dec 3, 2019
To Whom may concern,
Thank you for contacting me about mental illness.
For too long, mental illness has been a hidden injustice and those suffering have not received support until their symptoms reach crisis point. We want to change this and transform mental health services so people can get the care they need and deserve as early as possible.
That’s why we have increased mental health funding by overhalf a billion pounds this year, ensuring everyone gets the support they need as soon as possible. We have boosted mental health funding by at least £2.3 billion over the next five years, which will make a real difference to the lives of people with mental health issues.
The Conservatives believe that mental health should be treated with the same seriousness and on the same level as physical health issues. That’s why, in 2012, we legislated for parity of esteem between mental and physical health and we continue to work towards this goal. We also recently announced that we will fund twelve trailblazer schemes across England, which will test new ways of joining up services across NHS organisations and councils. These new networks of care and advice for people with severe mental health illnesses will be backed up by over 1,000 extra staff in NHS mental health services.
Mental health is a priority within our NHS Long Term Plan, and, by getting Brexit done, we will be able to give it the attention it deserves. We will ensure that people are getting the help they need at every stage of their lives.
Dr Shengke Zhi
PPC for Manchester Withington