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20,000 give views on mental health service change priorities


More than 20,000 people have given their views on the top priorities for reshaping mental health services as part of a drive to develop a five year national NHS strategy for people of all ages.

Better access to high quality services, a wider choice of treatments, more focus on prevention, more funding and less stigma were the top five calls for change by 2020.

The results of the Mental Health Taskforce: Engagement Report have been published today (Wednesday) and will be discussed during a session at the NHS England Expo 2015 conference.

Carried out by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness on behalf of the Five Year Forward View national Mental Health Taskforce, the views of patients, carers, the public and health professionals were collected.

This included a conference held for more than 120 secure care mental health patients and led by a former secure care patient.

The report will be used to inform the work of the Taskforce, which was launched in March 2015 to explore the variation in the availability of mental health services across England, look at the outcomes for people who are using services, and identify key priorities for improvement.

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