The six action’s include:
1. Deliver the investment and commitments agreed in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health – the national plan to improve mental health care – and go beyond this to take us closer to putting mental health on an equal footing with physical health.
2. Improve public understanding of mental health and reduce negative attitudes and discrimination, including supporting the Time to Change campaign.
3. Tackle the culture of fear and silence of mental health in the workplace by providing increased and better support and incentives for employers to create mentally healthy workplaces for all staff, including employees with mental health problems. For people with mental health problems who are out of work, ensure they are offered voluntary, individually tailored back-to-work support delivered by trained staff who understand how mental health can impact on a person’s ability to get and stay in work.
4. Make sure anyone with a mental health problem who requires it can access financial support from the welfare system to help manage the extra costs of having a mental health problem, so they can stay well and live independently, free from the fear of sanctions and having their benefits removed if they are too unwell to work.
5. Ensure local authorities have sufficient funding to deliver tailored social support and advice to alleviate debt, social isolation and housing insecurity – the issues that make life harder for people with mental health problems.
6. Change outdated and discriminatory legislation like the Mental Health Act and the definition of disability to ensure everyone with mental health problems gets support and respect.
Easington Labour Candidate Grahame Morris speaking about the Mind Manifesto 2017 campaign said:
“I am delighted to add my support to this campaign and pledge to help deliver the six goals Mind have highlighted for the next Government.
The Tories record on mental health is one of failure with funding cut by over 8 per cent and 6,600 fewer mental health nurses compared to 2010.
It is unacceptable that thousands of patients in crisis have to travel out of the area for a psychiatric bed and that extra funding meant for children’s mental health services has actually been used for other NHS services.
I hope all candidates in this election will make mental health a priority of the campaign and ensure that mental health is given the due care, attention and funding required in order to support high quality mental health services that can be transformative for a persons’ quality of life.”