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Mind CEO to chair new mental health Taskforce

Paul Farmer, the CEO of mental health charity, Mind, will chair the new Taskforce set up by NHS England to develop a five-year national strategy for mental health for people of all ages.

The launch of the new Taskforce was signalled in the NHS Five Year Forward View and was announced by NHS England CEO, Simon Stevens.


“The tide of public opinion is shifting in favour of mental health and wellbeing,” says Stevens. “People are rightly no longer willing to put up with mental health as the poor relation to the rest of the health service. That’s a hugely powerful impetus for improvement, creating the opportunity for this Taskforce to chart a shared direction for us all over the next five years.”

Paul Farmer explains his vision for the Taskforce. “Our taskforce will aim to drive change in the delivery of services so they are first-rate for all ages. Stigma around mental health is starting to reduce as professionals and the public begin to realise that we must treat mental health with the same level of respect and importance as physical health. This is a chance to turn the growing awareness of mental health into action and effective delivery across England so that people can get the right help at the right time, investing in preventing problems becoming crises.”


Extra funding has been announced recently for mental health services, including an additional £250m per year for the next five years confirmed in the March budget and local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been asked to ensure real term increases in their investment in mental health services next year.