AbstractMental illness (especially depression and chronic anxiety) is the biggest single cause of misery in advanced countries. But only one quarter of those who are ill receive treatment. Mental health is crucial for wellbeing and there are modern evidence-based ways of treating mental health problems which have no net cost to the Exchequer. What are the most important factors affecting wellbeing in our society? And what low-cost ways do we have of improving wellbeing, when 'all the money's gone'? The final briefing in the CEP 2015 Election Analyses series looks at the progress made in the provision of treatment for mental health problems and considers the plans each major party have put forward to both maintain and expand services.
Friday 1st May 2015
A New Priority For Mental Health:New #ElectionEconomics policy briefing from the Centre for Economic Performance
The final report in the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) series of background briefings on key policy issues in the May 2015 UK general election calls on the three main political parties to commit themselves to raising dramatically the coverage of Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), the service that provides psychological therapies for depression and anxiety disorders.
The report's author Professor Richard Layard explains why treating mental illness should be high on the public agenda, especially as proven psychological therapies effectively cost nothing:
"The key development in the last Parliament was the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which established 'parity of esteem' for mental and physical health. This means that people should have the same access to NICE-recommended treatments whether their problem is with mental or physical health.
"But we are currently far from that situation. The main failing is the shortage of psychological therapy - and the main achievement of previous governments has been to begin reducing that shortage.
"The most important task now is to maintain the expansion of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme."
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