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Government launches NHS mental health recovery action plan

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More than £500 million is to be invested in mental health services across the UK, the Government has revealed.

The cash, which forms part of the NHS mental health recovery action plan, is intended to support the nation in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care, the funding will target the groups most likely to have been impacted by social freedoms, such as those with existing mental health issues, young people, and frontline staff, as well as those reporting a mental health disorder for the first time.

Under the recovery plan, additional mental health therapists will be trained and deployed to support people in need, while the NHS talking therapies service – which offers confidential treatment of conditions such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD – will be expanded to support over 1.6 million by 2021/22.

Meanwhile, those with existing severe mental health issues, such as bipolar and schizophrenia, will benefit from enhanced community health care, helping people to move out of hospitals and into secure accommodation.

Commenting on the funding, Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Nadine Dorries said: “I am acutely aware of the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health and wellbeing of many. The public has shown great resilience during these challenging times, but some groups including young people and those with severe mental illness have been impacted more than others.

“This funding will support these groups, both in initiatives specifically designed in the wake of the pandemic, and by enabling us to bring forward our NHS Long Term Plan commitments.

“For anyone who is feeling they need support, I urge you to reach out. Our mental health services are here for you.”

The latest figures suggest that around one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, with the most common illnesses being anxiety and depression.