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UKCP part of ‘Mental health plea’ letter to The Times

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Publication date: July 18, 2016

UKCP is among 16 signatories of a letter published in The Times today. The letter calls on Theresa May and her Government to prioritise mental health.

If you have a digital subscription to The Times, you can access the letter here.

Otherwise the text is below.

Mental Health Plea

Sir, As leading representatives for the mental health sector, we were encouraged that our new prime minister referred to mental health during her first statement outside 10 Downing Street (report, July 13). It is sadly all too true that “if you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand”. The previous government was committed to implementing the recommendations of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, including the level of additional funding outlined in the report. It is important we do not lose ground.

In a time of great uncertainty, we need to prioritise the nation’s mental health and build on important progress made.

Jenny Edwards, Mental Health Foundation; Professor Dame Sue Bailey, Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition; Shirley Cramer, Royal Society for Public Health; Rebecca Cotton, NHS Confederation Mental Health Network; Sean Duggan, Centre for Mental Health; Paul Farmer, Mind; Gary Fereday, British Psychoanalytic Council; Dr Alain Gregoire, Maternal Mental Health Alliance; Cynthia Joyce, MQ: Transforming Mental Health; Professor Peter Kinderman, British Psychological Society; Professor John Middleton, Faculty of Public Health; Kathy Roberts, Mental Health Providers Forum; Janet Weisz, UK Council for Psychotherapy; Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Royal College of Psychiatrists; Mark Winstanley, Rethink Mental Illness; Sarah Yiannoullou, National Survivor User Network (NSUN)