Public attitudes to mental health are changing and the government has prioritised the sector for investment with at least £2bn in additional spending pledged in the 2018 budget. Service improvements include better support for children and young people, new crisis services and support in accident and emergency departments. Longer term the NHS is looking at implementing more targets for service delivery bringing the sector into line with acute providers as part of the wider parity of esteem agenda. Read the latest mental health stories and stay in touch by signing up to our newsletters.
Historically ingrained health inequalities in England won’t be reversed by measures in the long-term plan, which require bigger “political and societal” interventions, according to a public health expert whose work contributed to the plan.