MR: We are at a critical phase for mental health. Put simply, without addressing mental health, lives are at stake, the health of the nation is at risk, and the productivity of the economy and the public services that rely on it are at risk.
We need to see more commitment to action – it is comparatively easy to signal alliance for a cause, but harder to make the changes required to see a difference. If we are to achieve a paradigm shift in mental health – to prevent distress, protect and protect mental health, and achieve social justice for people who experience distress then we need sustained action at every level, all year round. We also need to find better ways to develop and mobilise evidence so that the most effective interventions are taken to scale.
As we come to the end of a general election campaign it’s great to see that every major party has discussed mental health and made manifesto pledges to improve mental health. It’s a sign of progress that mental health is now a mainstream political issue – and we look forward to working with colleagues in the sector to ensure that prevention in mental health continues to be a government priority across the UK.
At the organisational level, we know the evidence supports the development of sustained programmes which become business as usual. Our programmes support businesses where they are – developing bespoke solutions that work with business from first exploratory steps to scale.