Mental health and the NHS Long Term Plan

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The NHS Long Term Plan reaffirms our commitment to achieving parity of esteem for mental health. Services will continue to receive a growing share of the NHS budget, with funding to grow by at least £2.3bn a year by 2023/24, allowing us to provide world-class care for ever more people.

Progress made over the last few years to improve access to high quality services will be accelerated: an additional 380,000 people per year will be able to access talking therapies for common disorders, 345,000 more children and young people will be able to access NHS support, and 24,000 more women able to access specialist perinatal mental health services, which will also now offer screening to partners as part of a whole family approach.

To deliver timely, high quality mental health support, the NHS Long Term Plan will:

  • Increase funding for mental health by at least £2.3bn a year in real terms by 2023/24.
  • Provide a single point of access through NHS 111 to timely, age-appropriate mental health crisis care for everyone.
  • Continue investment in perinatal mental health care for mothers and their partners who need specialist support during and following pregnancy.
  • Expand services and work with schools and colleges so that an additional 345,000 children and young people aged 0-25 will be able to access support.
  • Roll out new and established services in the community and hospitals, including talking therapies and liaison teams, to provide the right level of care for hundreds of thousands more adults when they need it.

Case studies

Devon mum Joanne experienced severe depression following the birth of her second child.

With no specialist inpatient care available near home, she was admitted to the Mother and Baby Unit in Bournemouth.

After her recovery, she and husband Steve helped secure national funding for a new mother and baby unit in Devon, so other families like theirs can now access expert perinatal mental health care, closer to home.

Fabiola began experiencing psychosis during her childhood, hearing voices which left her vulnerable and confused.

After speaking to her GP, Fabiola was referred to an Early Intervention in Psychosis Service for the expert support she needed, including talking therapy.

View our other mental health case studies.

Find out more

See what the NHS Long Term Plan says about children and young people’s mental health and adult mental health.