We’re working to give mental health the same priority as physical health

Today is World Mental Health Day. 

 

We all know someone who’s been affected by mental illness. So we need to make sure that mental health has the same priority as physical health.

 

That’s why we’ve appointed the UK’s first Minister for Suicide Prevention – Jackie Doyle-Price.

 

She’ll work with charities, local government and mental-health experts.

 

With their support, she’ll help to improve access to mental-health services. And she’ll lead a taskforce that will work to prevent suicide.

 

We’re also helping schools look after their students’ mental health. With a commitment to make education in mental health compulsory for schools.

 

And we want to give mental-health charities a bit more support. That’s why we’re donating up to £1.8 million to the Samaritans’ helpline.

 

The Samaritans’ helpline is open 24 hours a day – for anyone who needs it. The money we’re providing will give them a bit more support as they continue to save lives.

 

Mental illness can affect anyone. So we’re working to give mental health the same priority as physical health. That way, we can all get access to the healthcare we need – whenever we need it.