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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Mental Health: Parity of Esteem

A staggering 1 in 4 people have a common mental disorder at any one time. The majority of people still go untreated. This is because despite accounting for 23 percent of the disease burden, mental health gets just 13 percent of the NHS budget. This reluctance to invest is illogical: the cost of mental health to the economy is about £100 billion every year.

It is clear therefore that there is both a strong moral and economic case for action. IPPR have therefore been working with Rethink Mental Illness to define parity of esteem and to model how much investment is needed to make this a reality. 

This special event will examine the findings of IPPR's report 'Parity of Esteem’, which was launched in October, and discuss its implications for the NHS Long Term Plan and the future of mental health policy in the NHS and beyond. The report is available here.

IPPR will introduce the report and its findings and our panel will respond.

Speakers include:

  •  Mark Winstanley, Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness
  •  Claire Murdoch, CEO, CNWL and National Mental Health Director, NHSE
  •  Paul Farmer, Chief Executive, Mind
  •  Jennifer Lee, Director Health Economics, Market Access and Reimbursement and Advocacy, Janssen 
  • Chair: Harry Quilter-Pinner, Senior Research fellow, IPPR

This event is in partnership with Janssen