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Mental Health Services Need Integrating, Says Report

Magazine article Public Finance

Mental Health Services Need Integrating, Says Report

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Public sector managers have been urged to make a New Year's resolution to work towards a better future for mental health, one in which services are better integrated and people are supported in the workplace.

A joint report from the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health, the Local Government Association, the NHS Confederation and the Association of Directors of Social Services describes a 'radical but realistic' agenda for the future of mental health care.

The January 3 report, The future of mental health: a vision for 2015, says by that year mental wellbeing should be promoted in all schools, while 'talking therapies', such as counselling, should be available as a matter of routine.

People with severe mental health conditions should have their own budgets to commission the services they want, including a range of alternatives to hospital admission. …

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