One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. The Liberal Democrats believe that mental health should be taken as seriously as physical health and are committed to dramatically improving mental health services, including for children.
Julian Gregory, the Lib Dem general election candidate in Islington North, said:
“Mental health issues have a huge impact on many people’s lives, but for a long time there was a reluctance to talk about them. Thankfully that is now changing, and the Liberal Democrats deserve a lot of credit for having working closely with mental health charities to help push this issue up the political agenda”.
You can show your support for the campaign to help stamp out mental health stigma here.
The Liberal Democrats have written equality for mental health into law and invested £400m in increasing access to talking therapies, and their manifesto contains a number of further commitments, including:
- Shorter waiting times for mental health treatment
- Further increasing access to talking therapies
- Transforming children’s mental health services by investing £250m to implement the proposals of the Government’s Children’s Mental Health Taskforce
- Ensuring that all frontline public service professionals, including in schools and universities, get better training in mental health issues
- Establishing a world-leading mental health research fund
You can find more details about these policies here.