Rethink Mental Illness creates a social contract for a mentally healthier society

10th October 2020 was World Mental Health Day.

We all know this year has been a tough one, particularly for people living with mental illness and their carers. Our research at Rethink Mental Illness shows that nearly 80% of people living with mental illness say that Covid-19 and the national response have made their mental health worse.

So we want to look ahead and imagine what a better world could look like.

It’s always fantastic to see so many people talking about the importance of mental health on World Mental Health Day. But alongside that, we’d also like to see greater investment in mental health services, and improved access for everyone, everywhere.

That’s why, working with over 50 voluntary and social sector organisations, we’ve created a social contract for a mentally healthier society. We are calling on the government to do three things:

  1. Establish a Mental Health Renewal Taskforce and Plan.
  2. Provide funding that identifies and meets increased mental health need as a result of the pandemic in the short and long term.
  3. Commit to adopting a mental health and wellbeing-informed perspective in leading the nation’s recovery approach.

Read more here.

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