We, the undersigned, have joined together to mount a cross-party, cross-society campaign aimed at persuading the Government to help reduce the suffering of those with mental ill health by increasing investment into the provision of mental health services.

As ministers make final decisions on the Spending Review, we urge them to treat mental health equally with physical health. We ask for the same right to timely access to evidence based treatment as those with physical health problems.

We accept, and urge ministers to accept, that this will require additional investment in mental health services. But we are strongly persuaded that sustained investment in mental health services will lead to significant returns for the Exchequer, both by reducing the burden on the NHS through the improved wellbeing of our citizens, and by helping people to stay in, or get back into work.

We note the many comments from ministers and opinion formers acknowledging the huge cost of mental ill health not just to individuals and their families, including veterans of our armed forces, but to the economy as a whole. Some estimates put this cost as high as £100bn a year, spent on visits to A&E, lost jobs, unemployment benefits, homelessness support, police time and even prison places.

So the economic argument for a new approach is clear. And so is the human and moral argument. Because ministers have also accepted that whatever improvements in attitude may have been made in British society, with a greater understanding and awareness of mental ill health, those who experience it still do not get a fair deal from our health services. In effect, they suffer discrimination in our publicly funded NHS. This must be addressed.

To highlight just TEN of the many concerns we have in this area –

  1. People with mental health problems do not enjoy the same access to services and to treatment as those with physical health problems. 75% of children and young people experiencing a mental health problem are thought to not access any treatment. And only 15 per cent of people who might benefit from talking therapies are actually getting such treatment.
  2. Until this April there were no maximum waiting times for treatment for mental ill health, and we urge the government to use the Spending Review to show how these will be implemented and extended to cover all ages and all mental health services.
  3. The financial incentives in the NHS discriminate against mental health. As a result, whenever resources are under pressure, mental health is the first to lose out.
  4. Too many mentally ill people are being shunted around the country in search of a bed – – and in some cases children are being admitted to adult wards due to shortages – a practice which would never be tolerated in physical health.
  5. Too few people who lose their jobs are having the mental health impact of unemployment taken into account, and so lack treatment that might help get them back into work.
  6. Too many children and adults are still ending up in police cells rather than hospital when going through a mental health crisis.
  7. Too many people are inappropriately in prison essentially because they suffer mental ill health or have a learning disability or autism.
  8. We remain deeply concerned that people with long-term mental health conditions live on average 20 years less than the general population.
  9. It is very troubling that certain ethnic groups, particularly African-Caribbean and African – are over-represented in acute mental health services and locked and secure services. People from these backgrounds face more frequent use of coercion, suffer more use of physical restraint, end up in contact with the police more often than others and have less access to talking therapies.
  10. Vital research to gain a better understanding of mental illness and to establish the most effective treatments is compromised by inadequate funding. Whilst mental ill health accounts for around 23% of the overall disease burden, it only receives about 5% of research funding.

We acknowledge that progress in awareness and understanding has been made. But this is not being matched by the levels of investment in an area which affects virtually every family in the country. We urge the government to seize the opportunity to end this historic injustice and commit the investment that will lead to an economically, and socially, stronger Britain.



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Norman Lamb

Alastair Campbell,
writer and communicator, Ambassador, Time to Change

Andrew Mitchell

Ruby Wax,
comedian, author and mental health activist

Tony Adams,
former footballer

Lord Adebowale,
Chief Executive, Turning Point

Ade Adepitan,
presenter and wheelchair basketball player

David Adjaye,

Sam Allardyce,
Manager, Sunderland FC

Lord Charles Allen,
businessman and broadcaster

Graham Allen

Gaenor Bagley,
Head of People, Community and Sustainability, PWC

Professor Dame Sue Bailey,
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Dr Maureen Baker,
Chair, Royal College of GPs

Dr Anna Batchelor,
Dean, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Mary Beard,

Dame Margaret Beckett

Lord Bilimoria,
Chairman, Cobra Beer. Chancellor, Birmingham University

Sir Peter Bonfield,

Sir Peter Bottomley

Danny Boyle,

Lord Bradley

Mike Brearley,
former cricketer, Ex-President, British Psychoanalytical Society

Rory Bremner,

Dr Liam Brennan,
President, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Sarah Brennan,
Chief Executive, Young Minds

Frankie Bridge,
singer, The Saturdays

Andy Burnham MP,
former Health Secretary

Prof Paul Burstow,
Chair, Tavistock & Portman NHSFT, former Health Minister

Matt Cadman,
Director AATW Records and TV

Tom Cahill,
Chief Executive Hertfordshire Partnership University FT

Sir Philip Campbell,
Editor-in-Chief, Nature, Chair, MQ transforming mental health

Lord Carlile

Clarke Carlisle,
former footballer

Ken Clarke,
MP former Health Secretary

Nick Clegg,
MP former Deputy Prime Minister

Professor Enrico Coen,
John Innes Centre

Michael Cole-Fontayn,
Chairman EMEA, BNY Mellon

Steve Coogan,
actor, writer, director and producer

Professor Sir Cary Cooper,

Lord Crisp,
former Chief Executive of the NHS

The Council of European Jamaats

Richard Curtis,
screenwriter, producer and director

Professor Jane Dacre,
President, Royal College of Physicians London.

Stephen Dalton,
Chief Executive, Mental Health Network, NHS Confederation

Nic Dakin

General Richard Dannatt,
Baron Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff

Lady Dannatt

Julia Donaldson,

Sir Liam Donaldson,
former Chief Medical Officer

Alain De Botton,

Mike Dickson,
CEO, Rainmaker Foundation and founder of Whizz-Kidz

Frank Dobson,
former Health Secretary

Stephen Dorrell,
former Health Secretary and Chair, NHS Confederation

Prof Francis G Dunn,
President, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow

Ratna Dutt,
Chief Executive, Race Equality Foundation

Jamal Edwards,
music entrepreneur

Rupert Everett,
actor and writer

Paul Farmer,
Chief Executive, Mind

Frank Field

Caroline Flint,
MP, former Health Minister

Graeme Fowler,
former cricketer

Norman Fowler,
former Health Secretary

Liam Fox

Dougie Freedman,
Manager, Nottingham Forest FC

Dawn French,
comedian and actress

Emma Freud,

Professor Chris Frith

Professor Uta Frith

Rebecca Front,

Mariella Frostrup,
broadcaster and journalist

Sir Bob Geldof,
singer and songwriter

Dr Clare Gerada,

Martin Gilbert,
Chief Executive, Aberdeen Asset Management

Jimmy Gittins,
former rugby player

Trisha Goddard,

Richard E. Grant,

Lady Edwina Grosvenor,
Founder Trustee, The Clink

Matt Haig,

Marylyn Haines Evans,
National Federation of Women’s Institutes

Claudia Hammond,

Miranda Hart,

Sally Hawkins,

Baroness Healy

Lucy Heller,
Chief Executive, Ark Schools

Lenny Henry,
comedian, actor, writer and presenter

Patricia Hewitt,
former Health Secretary

Steve Hilton,
former Director of Strategy for David Cameron

Matthew Hodson,
Chief Executive Officer, GMFA

Baroness Hollins,
former president of the British Medical Association

Dame Kelly Holmes,
former athlete and Olympic gold medallist

Nicola Horlick,
CEO, Money&Co

Neil Hudgell,
Chairman, Hull Kingston Rovers

Ryan Hudson,
rugby league coach, former player

Barry Humphries,
comedian, actor, satirist, artist, and author

Sir Tom Hunter,
businessman and philanthropist

Robbie Hunter-Paul,
former rugby player

Nick Hurd

Caroline Hutton,

Poppy Jaman,
CEO, Mental Health First Aid England

The Rt Revd Graham James,
Bishop of Norwich

Alan Johnson,
MP, former Health Secretary

Diana Johnson

Lord Digby Jones,
former Director General of the CBI

Dylan Jones,
editor, GQ magazine

Kevan Jones

Cynthia Joyce,
Chief Executive, MQ Transforming Mental Health

Rachel Kelly,

Sarah Kennedy,
Turning Point

Rory Kinnear,

Ian Knott,
former rugby player

John Lawlor,
Chief Executive, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHSFT

League Managers’ Association

Annie Lennox,
singer and songwriter

Amanda Levete,

Maureen Lipman,

Dr Suzy Lishman,
President, Royal College of Pathologists

Baroness Lister

Tim Loughton

Caroline Lucas

Matt Lucas,
comedian, screenwriter, actor

Professor Tanya Byron,

David Sproul,
CEO Deloitte LLP

Paul Robinson,
Managing Partner, Operations Deloitte LLP

Joanna Lumley,

Juliet Lyon,
Director, Prison Reform Trust

Ken Macdonald,
Warden, Wadham College, Oxford

Dr Clifford Mann,
President, Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Leon Mann,
broadcaster and founder, Sports People’s Think Tank

Derek Martin,

Clare Marx,
President, Royal College of Surgeons of England

Sean Mathias,

Jason McCartney

Jim McColl,
Chairman & CEO, Clyde Blowers Capital

Jimmy McGovern,
screenwriter and producer

Sir Ian McKellen,

Tom Mercer,
Founder, MOMA Foods

Alan Milburn,
former Health Secretary

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

Prof Neena Modi,
President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Caitlin Moran,
broadcaster and writer

Dame Gill Morgan,
Chair, NHS Providers

Hugh Morgan Williams,
Chairman, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHSFT

Michael Morpurgo,

Bishop Richard Moth,
Bishop of Arundel and Brighton

Geoff Mulgan,
Chief Executive, NESTA

Mumford and Sons

Vincent Neate,
Partner, KPMG

The Rt. Revd. James Newcome,
Bishop of Carlisle

Bill Nighy,

The Rt. Revd. Philip North,
Bishop of Burnley

Graham Norton,

Terry O’Connor,
former rugby player and commentator

Lord O’Donnell,
former Cabinet Secretary

Frances O’Grady,
General Secretary, TUC

Dr Dame Bridget
Ogilvie, Visiting Professor, University College London

Alan Pardew,
Manager, Crystal Palace FC

Baroness Kate Parminter

Henry Paul,
former rugby player

Fiona Phillips,

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff,

Stephen Poliakoff,
playwright and director

The Rt. Revd. Tony Porter,
Bishop of Sherwood

Piara Powar,
Executive Director, Football Against Racism in Europe

Revd Gareth Powell,
Secretary of the Conference, Methodist church

Dave Prentis,
General Secretary, Unison

Professional Cricketers’ Association

Malcolm Rae,
State of Mind Sport

Sir Mike Rake,
Chairman, BT

Lord Ramsbotham,
former Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons

Sir Steve Redgrave,
former rower, Olympic gold medallist

John Reid,
former Health Secretary

James Rhodes,

General Lord Richards

Ian Ritchie,
President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Alan Rickman,

Peter Rodgers,
Chair of City Mental Health Alliance

Baron Richard Rogers,

Simon Salter,
Co-Founder and CEO, Salter Brothers

Jennifer Saunders,
comedian and actress

Danny Sculthorpe,
former rugby player

Sir Antony Seldon

Stuart Semple,

The Most Revd John Sentamu,
Archbishop of York

Dr Shuja Shafi,
Secretary General, Muslim Council of Britain

Dame Stephanie Shirley,
businesswoman and philanthropist

Clare Short MP

Kevin Sinfield,
former rugby player

Claire Skinner,

Frank Skinner,
comedian and presenter

Delia Smith,
cookery writer, broadcaster, and Director Norwich City FC

Jeremy Snape,
former cricketer

Dan Snow,
TV historian

Sir Martin Sorrell,

Sir Keir Starmer

Lord Dennis Stevenson,
businessman and former Chairman, HBOS

Gordon Strachan,
Manager, Scotland National Football team

Kit Symons,
Manager, Fulham FC

Gordon Taylor,
Chief Executive, Professional Footballers’ Association

Louis Theroux,
documentary filmmaker

Marcel Theroux,
author and broadcaster

Emma Thompson,

Baroness Glenys Thornton,
Chief Executive, The Young Foundation

Marcus Trescothick,

Adam Tudhope,
Everybody’s Management

Baroness Claire Tyler,

The Rt Revd David Urquhart,
Bishop of Birmingham

Martin Usborne,

Peter Usborne,
Founder, Usborne Publishing

Nigel Vagana,
former rugby player

Dr Elizabeth Vallance,
Chair, Centre for Mental Health

Lord Vallance,

Mike Wainwright,
former rugby player

Charles Walker

Simon Walker,
Director General, Institute of Directors

General Sir Peter Wall,
President, Combat Stress

Baroness Walmsley

Zoe Wanamaker,

Peter Wanless,
Chief Executive, NSPCC

Lalla Ward,

Beth Warren,
Everybody’s Management

The Most Revd Justin Welby,
Archbishop of Canterbury

Professor Sir Simon Wessely,
President, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Simon Weston

Paul Whitehouse,

Dr Philippa Whitford

Richard Whiting,
rugby player

Anna Williamson,

Dr Mark Williamson,
Director, Action for Happiness

Nigel Wilson,
CEO, Legal & General

Mark Winstanley,
Chief Executive, Rethink Mental Illness

Greg Wise,

Sarah Wollaston

Ian Wright,
former footballer and broadcaster

Michael Wynn Jones,
Chairman Delia Online and Director Norwich City FC

Michael Finnegan

Dr Lisa Cameron

Philippa Whitford

Mhairi Black

Lord Stevenson
businessman, founding Chairman, MQ: Transforming Mental Health

Ian Fisher
UK Chief Country Officer and Head of Coverage and Investment Banking Societe General

Daniel Gerring
Partner and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Travers Smith LLP

Tom Weldon
CEO Penguin Random House UK

Greg Mulholland

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra
Office of British Imams and Scholars

Marjorie Wallace CBE
Chief Executive of SANE

Matthew Wright