Mental health and wellbeing plan: discussion paper and call for evidence

The Government have recently launched a discussion paper and call for evidence to seek views on what they can do to improve everyone’s mental health and wellbeing.
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The government is committed to improving mental health and wellbeing outcomes, particularly for people who experience worse outcomes than the general population. This is a key part of a commitment to ‘level up’, and address unequal outcomes and life chances across the country.

The government has committed to develop a new cross-government, 10-year plan for mental health and wellbeing for England to support this objective.

They want to ensure the new plan responds to the public’s priorities and set out what we can all do as a whole society to drive better outcomes. We all have mental health, and all have a part to play in changing things for the better.

Therefore, a discussion paper and call for evidence has been launched to ask the public a range of questions to help develop the new plan.

This discussion paper is asking people:

  • how can we all promote positive mental wellbeing? (chapter 1)
  • how can we all prevent the onset of mental ill-health? (chapter 2)
  • how can we all intervene earlier when people need support with their mental health? (chapter 3)
  • how can we improve the quality and effectiveness of treatment for mental health conditions? (chapter 4)
  • how can we all support people living with mental health conditions to live well? (chapter 5)
  • how can we all improve support for people in crisis? (chapter 6)

The Government want to hear everyone’s views on these questions. This includes:

  • children and young people, adults, and older adults who have experienced mental ill-health
  • people who have cared for someone affected by mental ill-health
  • people who work or volunteer in health and social care services who support people with their mental health
  • people who work or volunteer in places where they meet people who are affected by mental ill-health (such as schools, job centres and housing associations)
  • academics and experts who work on mental health

This discussion paper is published by the Department of Health and Social Care, and has been informed by conversations with stakeholders, people with lived experience and government departments.

The easiest way to participate in the call for evidence is by completing the online survey by 11:45pm on 7 July 2022. More info here

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