Treat mental and physical health equally: campaign

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Numerous high-profile signatories have urged the government to ‘treat mental health equally with physical health’.

The cross-party, cross-society Equality for Mental Health campaign urges the government to increase investment into mental health services. Signatories are concerned that huge numbers of people with mental health problems do not have access to treatment, with many ‘ending up in prison cells rather than hospital when going through a mental health crisis.’

The campaign letter stated: ‘We accept, and urge ministers to accept, that this will require additional investment in mental health services. But we are strongly persuaded that sustained investment in mental health services will lead to significant returns for the Exchequer.’ It continued: ‘The economic argument for a new approach is clear. And so is the human and moral argument.’

The campaign was launched by Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, former Labour commu...