It was during the NHS reforms of April 2013 that responsibility for mental health care was moved from local Primary Care Trusts to local authorities.
The report concluded that on average just 1.4 per cent of public health budgets are spent on mental health care! Now you don't need to have a medical background to realise that this is woefully inadequate. Some areas don't even plan to spend a single penny on mental ill-health prevention.
According to the Time to Change campaign, which is a national movement to end mental health discrimination and stigma led by the Rethink Mental Illness and Mind charities; One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year.
That 1.4 percent of public health spending equates to a total of £40 million annually,So compare that figure to these annual spending amounts:
- £76 million on increasing physical activity
- £160 million on anti-smoking initiatives
- £671 on sexual health initiatives
It was eight years ago; October 2008, that David Cameron came out with his famous quote: "the NHS is safe in my hands,"
Surely mental health care in England is worth more attention and money than this?