Now, government promises mental health strategy

14/02/22 . News

The government is continuing to take a strategic approach to health and is now promising a mental health strategy in 'the coming year'.

The minister for health and social care, Gillian Keegan, announced the intention last week in a statement to the House of Commons.

'Long-term, cross-government'

She promised 'a new long term, cross-government Mental Health Strategy in the coming year.'

The minister said the government would launch a public discussion paper this spring to inform the development of the strategy. She promised that government would be 'engaging widely, especially with people with experience of mental ill-health, to develop the strategy and build consensus.'

She said: 'I will be calling on all parts of society – including teachers, businesses, voluntary organisations, and health and social care leaders – to set out their proposals for how we can shift the dial on mental health.'

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