Mental Health is as important as physical health, and a Bill was passed in 2012 which set this in law, however it needs to be taken more seriously.
“According to the Centre for Mental Health, mental illnesses account for 28% of the burden of disease but only 13% of NHS spending.The government requires NHS England to treat mental health as importantly as physical – so-called ‘parity of esteem’. But this doesn’t seem to be happening in practice.
Data released by the NHS last October, and analysed by the Health Service Journal, showed that more than a fifth of commissioners are failing to raise mental health spending by as much as directed by NHS leaders. And what’s worse, eight are actually reporting cutting their budgets”
Statistically one in four can be diagnosed with a mental health condition at any time, and we need support.
Mental Health Matters campaign