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Written Ministerial Statements

Wednesday 2 February 2011


"A Cross-Government Mental Health Outcomes Strategy for People of All Ages"

The Secretary of State for Health (Mr Andrew Lansley): The Government are today publishing "No health without mental health: A Cross-Government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages" for England.

At least one in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our life, and around half of people with lifetime mental health problems experience their first symptoms before the age of 14. The society-wide costs of mental health problems have recently been estimated at £105 billion, and the costs of treatment alone are expected to double in the next 20 years.

We knew that change is needed and there are two powerful themes to our new approach. The Government must deliver a co-ordinated cross-Government focus, which genuinely supports local action. Equally, local strategies and more equal patients' voices enable more decisions about mental health to be taken locally based on evidence of effective practice and delivering the best value for our society.

Our approach is based on the principles that Government have laid down for all their health reforms:

It is clear that the coalition Government's success will be measured by the nation's well-being, not just by the state of the economy. We know the conditions that foster well-being and, in recent years, much more about the interconnections between mental health, housing employment and safe communities. This strategy builds on that knowledge and the Government are investing around £400 million on psychological therapies to support people who need them across England. In all, this strategy captures this Government's ambitious aim to mainstream mental health in England and our commitments include:

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"No health without mental health: A Cross-Government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages" has been placed in the Library. Copies are available to hon. Members from the Vote Office and to noble Lords from the Printed Paper Office.

Home Department

Tackling Knife, Gun and Gang Crime

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mrs Theresa May): The Government are today announcing a total of over £18 million of ring-fenced funding over two years for police, local agencies and the voluntary sector to tackle teenage knife, gun and gang violence and prevent young people from entering a cycle of crime. An independent report by Brooke Kinsella, "Tackling Knife Crime Together-a Review of Anti-Knife Crime Projects," is also being published.

The two-year Home Office funding will support enforcement work by police in three police force areas, alongside positive activities for young people across England and Wales, and local work to bring about long-term changes in attitudes and behaviours. The money, to be distributed in 2011-12 and 2012-13, includes up to:

Police and Crime Commissioners will be introduced in May 2012 and this funding will run from April 2011 to March 2013.

The Brooke Kinsella report makes a number of recommendations including anti-knife crime work with school children, more information sharing between police, schools and other agencies on local issues, a best practice website for local organisations and more work with young children to stop them getting involved in knife crime.

Over 2011-12 and 2012-13 the Home Office will also provide up to £20 million towards Department for Education's early intervention grant which local areas can use for youth crime prevention, and up to £18 million for youth offending teams (via the Ministry of Justice) to deliver front-line work, including knife crime prevention programmes, for young offenders.

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