Lib Dems pledge extra £1bn for mental health care

The Liberal Democrats are committed to ending the historic injustice against people with mental ill health.

Two out of every three Britons say they've experienced mental health problems, but too many don't get the help they need. That is why I am proud to announce that the Liberal Democrats are pledging an extra £1bn to ensure everyone has access to effective treatment and support. 

This will help us to address our 12 key priorities for supporting people with mental ill health, learning disabilities and autism. We will introduce comprehensive access and waiting time standards for mental health care in the NHS. We will end the scandal of people with mental ill health being shunted across the country because there is no support available close to home. We will tackle the growing crisis in children and young people's mental health by helping schools to promote good mental wellbeing. And we will prioritise national action to dramatically reduce the number of suicides. 

All of these priorities build on our record of action - both in government and in opposition. 

Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have a clear plan for delivering better mental health services. We’ve made it clear that our priorities will be funded from our ambitious plan to inject £6bn a year into the NHS and care with an additional penny on income tax.

You can read our full plan here. It's time to end the historic injustice faced by people with mental ill health, learning disabilities and autism. 

Read more about our plans in The Mirror and The Independent

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