Spending on mental health is lower than national average

Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by KCFM

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The charity Mind has found councils are spending less than 1% of their public health budget on mental health.

Chief Executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, David Smith, says mental health has been under-invested in for many years: “The figure for Yorkshire and Humber has gone down from 1.3% from 2013/14, which in itself is an abysmally small figure, to just 0.74 percent (of the public health budget) spent on mental health prevention, and we find that really unacceptable.”

David Smith explains why he thinks so little is being spent on mental health care: “I think it’s the way local authorities choose to prioritise mental health. I think we hear a lot of rhetoric about mental health, the importance of mental well being, the importance of resilience. I think the hard challenge of translating that into practice has been too much for them so far.”

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Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by KCFM

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