Call for Evidence for New 10-Year Plan to Improve Mental Health

14 June 2022

Call for Evidence for New 10-Year Plan to Improve Mental Health

Post COVID, mental health care provision in the UK is at crisis point, with late intervention and long waiting lists. In recognition of this, the Department of Health and Social Care is calling for evidence for a new 10-year plan to improve mental health.

The 12-week call for evidence is seeking views by the 5th July on what can be improved within the current service and build our understanding of the causes of mental ill-health.

It is actively seeking views on several key questions which will be addressed in the plan including:

  • How can we all promote positive mental wellbeing?
  • How can we all prevent the onset of mental ill-health?
  • How can we all intervene earlier when people need support with their mental health?
  • How can we improve the quality and effectiveness of treatment for mental health conditions?
  • How can we all support people living with mental health conditions to live well?
  • How can we all improve support for people in crisis?

The questions in the call for evidence have been developed in partnership with stakeholders and people with lived experience of mental ill-health. More detail on each of the questions can be found in a discussion paper also published alongside the call for evidence.

The public, those with lived experience of mental ill-health, and health and care professionals, are invited to respond. SMA UK will be responding on behalf of our community, so if you have any comments on the questions above that you would like us to include, then please email: portia.thorman@smauk.org.uk by 30th June.