Are our mental health services in crisis?

Arun Chopra

There is an increased demand for mental health services in Britain, but we are failing some of our most unwell and vulnerable people. Last week, the Health and Social Care Information Centre published its annual report into the use of the Mental Health Act. In 2012/13, for the first time, the number of people detained…


Why plain packaging can’t go up in smoke

Lord Faulkner

In July this year, the government dismayed medical professionals and the wider public health community by refusing to bring in legislation to require the standardised packaging of cigarettes and tobacco products. In a written statement sneaked out on the last day before the parliamentary recess, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government would wait for…

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Mental health matters to all of us

Alastair Campbell

Mental health is still treated completely differently from physical health. To ensure mental health sits at the heart of the whole person agenda, politicians must lead the way in helping to destroy taboos, and underpin changing attitudes by law. When I think about what the world would look like if mental health were considered of…

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