Mental Health Equality Gets High Profile Backing
Mr Lamb’s son was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder at the age of 15 and Mr Campbell has spoken about his battle with depression.
Inequality in Care
The NHS became officially responsible for ensuring the standard of care for the mentally ill was equal to that of physically ill people in 2012.
In the spring, the government pledged an extra £1.25bn largely for children’s mental health over the next five years.
Break the Stigma
The campaign highlights a lack of access to treatment, with three out of four mentally ill children receiving no treatment at all. There are also concerns that people are moved around too much, including placing children in adult wards.
The life expectancy for people with mental health problems remains 20 years lower than for the general population.
A change of mindset is needed, Mr Lamb insists: “If we talk about it and treat it like any other illness, we can start to break the taboos, break the stigma.”