Publication of new DH Mental Health Action Plan – Closing the Gap: priorities for essential change in mental health (DH, 20 Jan 2014)

Yesterday the Government published a new mental health action plan 'Closing the Gap' that builds on the 2011 strategy document 'No Health Without Mental Health' (DH, 2011). The document outlines measures to make services more accessible and effective for the one in four people who will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life. Addressing a conference of mental health experts, charities and services users Nick Clegg outlined the key measures of the action plan: dealing with stigma; improving services for children and young people; bringing equity of access and choice in-line with physical health care; adding the friends and family test.