Today, Norman Lamb, Minister for Care and Support and Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister launched a new set of measures to do more to help the one in four people who will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life.
Closing the Gap: Priorities for Essential Change in Mental Health outlines 25 areas in which the NHS can make a difference to the lives of people with mental health conditions. It represents another step towards the ultimate goal of parity of esteem for mental and physical health and places patient choice and control at the heart of the mental health agenda.
Speaking at the headquarters of the Coin Street Community Builders, a social enterprise and development trust near London's South Bank, the Ministers used the launch to encourage opinions, questions and debate from a panel of pioneers and leaders in the field. They asked: what does parity mean to them and how might it be achieved?
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