Almost every person in this country is likely to be affected by mental health problems either directly or through a family member or friend. We need to continue extending services and breaking down prejudices.

Labour in Government has provided approximately 1,150 mental health posts and expanded the Counselling in Primary Care service to reach over 13,500 people per year.

Our plan for the next five years:

  • Extend the free Counselling in Primary Care service to all 16-25 year olds, the most likely group to require urgent mental health intervention
  • Introduce additional training for GPs in mental health issues
  • Establish a permanent mental health awareness and advertising programme
  • Bring in a registration and licensing system for mental health professionals
  • Extend the opening hours of Community Mental Health Centres into the late evening and through the weekend
  • Develop a new service to address dual diagnosis (addiction and mental health)