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Mental health: measuring progress against the strategy

Progress on the objectives of the government’s mental health strategy is to be brought together and published in one place, for the first time.

The new mental health dashboard brings together information from a wide range of sources. It shows progress against objectives in the ‘No health without mental health strategy’ and gives a clear, concise picture of mental health outcomes.

The dashboard covers:

•    mental health services
•    mental wellbeing of the whole population
•    physical health of people with mental health problems
•    people’s experience of care
•    experience of stigma and discrimination

The main purpose of the dashboard is to bring together the best information available on mental health to help improve outcomes. It draws on existing, publicly available information and provides links to the original data sources.

On average, one in six people experience a mental health problem at any one time. These mental health problems are estimated to cost the economy £105bn per year.

“Mental health and wellbeing is everyone’s business, says care and support minister, Norman Lamb.

“The ‘No health without mental health’ strategy emphasises that good mental health and resilience are fundamental to our physical health, our relationships, our education and training, our work and to achieving our potential.

The strategy set six objectives to improve mental health outcomes. It is vital that everyone in the new health and care system, at a local and national level, remains focused on these outcomes.

One important way government can support this is by providing a clear picture of the progress we are making – working across the system as a whole – to implement the strategy and improve mental health for all.”