Category Archives: mental health

NHS mental health funding is still lagging behind, says report

Only 55% of mental health trusts have reported increases to budgets since 2012 when ‘parity of esteem’ with physical health was promised

Government pledges to put more money into mental health are being broken because the NHS is not passing the money on to the NHS trusts that treat patients, a new report has revealed.

Care for people who need psychological help will suffer unless a chasm is bridged between ministerial promises and cash reaching the frontline, campaigners warn.

The disparity also threatens to undermine the historic change in 2012 that compelled the NHS in England to give physical and mental health equal priority or “parity of esteem”. Although mental ill-health accounts for 28% of the total burden of disease, it gets just 13% of the NHS’s budget.

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Children in care ‘too often denied mental health treatment’

Victory for mental health campaigners as deal struck over Norfolk helpline

12:04 17 March 2016

Mind support line. Ben Marshall, team leader. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Patients and campaigners can today celebrate after health bosses agreed a solution to prevent people from being affected by the closure of a helpline.

In a victory for service-users and mental health advocates, callers to the Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Mental Health Helpline will get support from another service.

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