BACP's Director of Research, Policy and Professional Practice, Nancy Rowland, provides insight on the factors to consider when improving mental health provision in an article for the Public Service Review website.
"The rise of mental health on the political agenda reached another milestone in 2012, when the Coalition Government gave it parity with physical health in the Health and Social Care Act. With almost 9% of people meeting the criteria for diagnosis of mixed anxiety and depression, equal recognition with physical health was long overdue. However, despite this step forward, mental health services will not improve unless the government recognises the need for a different approach from the biomedical paradigm upon which health services have traditionally been developed."
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