‘Question marks’ over mental health pledge

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A leading psychiatrist has questioned Theresa May’s plans for a comprehensive package of measures for mental health support in schools, workplaces and communities.

Delivering the annual Charity Commission lecture, Mrs May said that mental health reform aiming to achieve parity for mental and physical health can only be achieved if every institution recognizes the vital role it can play in delivering this objective.

Pledging a comprehensive package of reforms to improve mental health support at every stage of a person’s life, with an emphasis on early intervention for children and young people, she said: ‘I want us to employ the power of government as a force for good to transform the way we deal with mental health problems right across society.’

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech, Dr Gary Wannan, BMA Community Care Committee Chair and child and adolescent psychiatrist, said: ‘Those suffering with mental health issues are among the most vulnerable in society. It is important that mental health problems are identified and diagnosed as early as possible and that people have access to the right help and support.’

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