Mental Health Netowrk responds to Jeremy Hunt announcement to achieve real equality between mental and physical health
Rebecca Cotton, director of policy for the Mental Health Network, said:
“We are pleased to see the health secretary making this speech to mark World Mental Health Day. 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, so it is good to see Jeremy Hunt raising awareness of this important issue. Tackling stigma is vital, so we’re particularly pleased to see the Government is committing to fund the Time to Change campaign for another year. As part of the Mental Health Policy Group, we have been calling for this important investment to be made.
“We support the health secretary’s call for better data in mental health. As part of our Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change programme, run in conjunction with the Centre for Mental Health, we have been exploring how we can better measure quality and recovery outcomes, and recently published a report outlining our thinking on this. We strongly support the principle of greater transparency too. The launch of mental health data on the myNHS site is potentially a step in the right direction. We will be looking at this in more detail.”