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Liberal Democrats are the party of mental health

The Liberal Democrats will invest £11 billion in transforming mental health services, more than either Labour or the Tories, analysis by the party has found.

The Liberal Democrat manifesto mentions mental health in it’s manifesto, more times than the Conservatives and Labour manifestos put together.

The Liberal Democrats have set out a clear and detailed plan to improve mental health services by:

  • Making prescriptions for people with chronic mental health conditions available for free on the NHS
  • Increasing access to talking therapies so that hundreds of thousands more people can receive this support
  • Providing a dedicated maternal postnatal appointment for new mothers to tackle under-diagnosis of mental health problems,
  • Training all teaching staff to identify mental health issues and ensuring schools provide access for pupil support and counselling.

For too long too many people have suffered as a result of the outdated Mental Health Act 1983. A Liberal Democrat government will reform the Mental Health Act in line with all the recommendations of the Wessely review. This includes introducing the principle of ‘care not containment’, to reduce the number of people inappropriately detained under the Mental Health Act. Reforms will also tackle the disproportionate number of people from black and minority ethnic groups detained under this law.

Liberal Democrat candidate for Birmingham Ladywood, and Health & Care spokesperson for the West Midlands, said:

“Too many people are struggling with their mental health and aren’t receiving the support they need.

“Liberal Democrats, in government, changed the law to require the NHS to treat mental and physical health treatments with equal priority. It’s an outrage that the Tories have failed to fund mental health and the NHS properly since Lib Dems left, so we’re still having to demand better for mental health services.

“It’s not just services in a crisis that are important. Mental Health should be a priority in schools, colleges and universities. A priority in youth services, and in our criminal justice system. The Lib Dems are clear – we’d fund Mental Health support services wherever they are needed across our public services.

“The Liberal Democrats are the party of mental health – a journey we started in government. We have the most detailed plan to improve mental health services and we will commit £11 billion over five years to make these changes. This is at the heart of our plan to build a brighter future for all.”