Poor mental health is one of the biggest social issues in the UK. At any one time, one in six people experience mental health problems. This has high costs for individuals and their families and a significant impact on national prosperity and wellbeing. Poor mental health is inextricably linked to poverty and exclusion, worklessness, crime, chronic illness, low educational attainment, antisocial behaviour and lack of social cohesion.
This report sets out why mental health should be a mainstream priority for policymakers. It puts forward a vision of what our response to mental health could look like in 2025 and focuses on how the health system can be improved to offer better support for people with mental health problems and promote the mental health of the whole community.