This mental health outcomes strategy looks to communities, as well as the state, to promote independence and choice, reflecting the recent vision for adult social care. It sets out how the Government, working with all sectors of the community and taking a life course approach, will:
- improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population and keep people well;
- improve outcomes for people with mental health problems through high-quality services that are equally accessible to all.
There are three aspects to reducing mental health inequality:
- tackling the inequalities that lead to poor mental health;
- tackling the inequalities that result from poor mental health – such as lower employment rates, and poorer housing, education and physical health;
- tackling the inequalities in service provision – in access, experience and outcomes.
The emphasis in this policy response is on the importance of wellbeing for the whole population as well as having a healthy economy. In addition, good mental health is seen as having social and economic benefits. In order to reduce inequalities in the incidence of mental health problems, the social inequalities that cause mental health problems and break the perpetuating cycles of inequalities through generations to which they contribute, the strategy has six objectives:
1. More people will have good mental health
2. More people with mental health problems will recover
3.More people with mental health problems will have good physical health
4. More people will have a positive experience of care and support
5. Fewer people will suffer avoidable harm
6. Fewer people will experience stigma and discrimination
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