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One in four adults experience a mental health condition in any given year, and mental health conditions are the largest single cause of disability in the UK. Whether it is family or friends, neighbours or work colleagues, the chances are we all know someone who is affected.

Three in four people with a mental health problem in England receive little or no treatment for their condition. The Government has made some important steps towards improving our treatment of mental health but we want to tackle the root of the issue, which starts with prevention.



We need a truly 21st-century approach to dealing with mental ill-health. More United have worked with specialist organisations and have mapped this research across Parliament’s agenda.

Treatment must move away from crisis mode action and move towards long-term care and support. Prevention must be put first and patients must be treated equally if we’re to move forward and create a mentally healthier Britain with space for everyone to thrive. We have the plan and the consensus on this urgent issue. We just need more of you.


We believe in opportunity and tolerance, which is why we want to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to access a good level of mental healthcare.

How we reform it:

  1. Launch a ‘Prevention Revolution’, with a key focus on young people and vulnerable adults.
  2. An action plan to halve the ‘17 stolen years’ premature mortality gap by 2030.
  3. An end to threatening debt repayment letters which can make people feel there is no way out. Instead, provide proper support to those in problem debt.
  4. Create a Race Equality standards for patients and carers to end the poorer health outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.
  5. Require public authorities to assess the impact of their policies on peoples’ health.

More Information

19th February 2020

Westminster Hall Debate on reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 25th July 2019

19th February 2020

NHS Priorities and Reform in Developing a Long-term Plan and Multi-year Funding Settlement for England the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Proposals for Change

5th February 2020

The FCA has given government the green light to stop debt threat letters

4th February 2020

Improving physical healthcare for people living with severe mental illness (SMI) in primary care, Guidance for CCGs