Over the next five years, we will change the lives of people with mental health problems by:

  • Giving more children the best start in life

We will help local authorities, mental health services, schools and GPs across the country to offer the right help at the right time to children at risk of long-lasting mental health problems.

  • Helping more people with mental health problems to get work

We will provide help and training for services to make effective employment support available in more areas.

  • Keeping people with mental health problems out of prison

We will support innovative approaches to helping people in or on the edges of the criminal justice system to get better help.

  • Breaking down the divide between mental and physical health care

We will seek new ways of improving mental health support for people with long-term conditions, especially those with the most complex health problems.

  • Tackling the biggest inequalities in mental health

We will explore why some people have a greater risk of mental ill health than others and help services to reduce inequalities.

The NHS, local councils, employment services, the police, probation and schools are all trying to understand how they can better support people with mental health problems. But they are all working under unprecedented financial pressures and seeking cost-effective ways of meeting growing demand. Our work improves the lives of those of mental health problems and saves society money.