£3.5bn investment in mental health

Mental health has been a key focus for the Liberal Democrats, who have given more focus on mental health care than previous Governments. Going forward, if we’re in Government, we will spend £3.5bn more over the next parliament on mental health care in England

The funding would be spent on revolutionising children’s and adult mental health care, including:

● £250m over five years for pregnant women and mums dealing with depression. This would include eight new mother and baby units providing inpatient care for pregnant women and new mums and 40 new community services helping new mums adjust to life at home with a new born.

● New waiting time standards for people in crisis and for conditions like bipolar disorder so that those who are ill know how long they have to wait.

● Hundreds of thousands more people will get access to talking therapies for anxiety and depression.

Full details are in the “Manifesto for the Mind” document

One in four of us will experience mental health problems at some point in our lives. And yet, for decades, mental health services have been the poor relation of physical health problems. In the last Budget we secured more than a billion pounds to revolutionise services for children and young people, alongside the first ever waiting times standards and a plan to roll out talking therapies across England.

It seems ridiculous that before there were no waiting time limits for mental health treatment, the Liberal Democrats have changed that, and the targets are the same as for physical health at 18 weeks.

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