Today sees the latest in a series of major government and NHS announcements on mental health over the last few years. Since the passage of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which wrote ‘parity of esteem’ for mental health (equal treatment with physical health) into law, there has been an increasing focus on how to make that equality a reality in the NHS.
Today is Time to Talk Day. The aim is to get as many people as possible across England talking about mental health. Those running the campaign argue that the more we talk about mental health, the less stigma and discrimination surround this issue. More people feel able to open up about their own mental health problems and feel supported by those around them.