Publish date: 20 April 2022

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is seeking views to inform a new 10-year mental health plan to level up mental health across the country and bring greater equality to mental and physical health.

The general public, people of all ages with lived experience of mental health conditions and those who support people with mental ill-health are urged to respond to a 12-week call for evidence to inform a new 10-year mental health plan and a refreshed national suicide prevention plan. Views are sought on what can be improved within the current service, particularly in light of the pandemic which has led to record levels of people seeking treatment.

You can share views up until 5 July on how support and services should adapt for the future. The ‘call for evidence’ 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 exercise will highlight priority actions to reduce the number of people who go on to develop mental health conditions, especially for children and young people and communities at greatest risk. It’s important responses are reflective of society and include those from people of all ages and backgrounds, to ensure future services work for all.

The easiest way to participate in the call for evidence is by completing the online survey by 11:45pm on 5 July 2022. To respond by post and for further information click here.