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Mental Illness

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recommendations relevant to his Department’s policy responsibilities made in the Foresight report on Mental Capacity and Well-Being, with particular reference to the costs to the NHS of managing mental ill health; and if he will make a statement. (244029)

The Government welcome the findings of the Foresight research report into mental capital and well-being, in particular, its emphasis on enabling people to realise increased mental well-being. We recognise the significant cost of mental ill health to the economy as a whole. Since 2001-02, our investment in adult mental health services has increased by 44 per cent. or £1.7 billion, to £5.53 billion.

We are already taking forward action in a number of ways consistent with the report’s conclusions. For example, we are investing significantly in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme, with annual funding rising to £173 million in the third year (2010-11), to train 3,600 extra therapists and treat 900,000 more people in those three years.

The Foresight report will continue to inform the development of mental health policy, in particular, the new policy framework that will succeed the mental health national service framework.