"This is an important and useful report . . . Everyone should read it, and then think hard about whether the system we have in place is really helping those who are sick and vulnerable, and often very frightened."
Rabbi Julia Neuberger
"Mental Health in the Mainstream outlines a 'no nonsense' vision of the future where mental health and ill health are variously respected and accepted . . . A vital account."
Emma Harding, Expert by Experience and Senior Employment Specialist in the NHS
Poor mental health is one of the biggest social issues in the UK. At any one time, one in six people experience mental health problems. This has high costs for individuals and their families and a significant impact on national prosperity and wellbeing. Poor mental health is inextricably linked to poverty and exclusion, worklessness, crime, chronic illness, low educational attainment, antisocial behaviour and lack of social cohesion.
This report sets out why mental health should be a mainstream priority for policymakers. It puts forward a vision of what our response to mental health could look like in 2025 and focuses on how the health system can be improved to offer better support for people with mental health problems and promote the mental health of the whole community.
Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.
Making markets: The City's role in industrial strategyTo tackle climate change, we need a significant increase in public and private capital investment.
Broken hearted: A spotlight paper on cardiovascular diseaseProgress on cardiovascular disease was a significant driver of better health and prosperity in the latter half of the 20th century, however progress has recently stalled – with indications it may be in reverse.