Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Must Take 'More Active Mental Health Role'

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Must Take 'More Active Mental Health Role'

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Local government needs to reassert itself and play a more active role in mental health care, senior social care managers have said.

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said mental health should not be viewed simply as an NHS preserve, when social care services could play a major role in helping people to become well.

Richard Webb, co-chair of Adass's mental health, drug and alcohol policy network, said it was time to end the 'social care retreat' on mental health.

'You can get the best of combining not just NHS and social care but increasingly our links to local government and the wider community.

'We're saying there's a really important social care dimension to people's mental health, both in terms of services and in terms of values and beliefs and a commitment to recovery Webb told Public Finance.

Adass's discussion paper, Mental health into the mainstream, published on June 6, sets out eight priorities for mental health and wellbeing. …

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