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New Horizons – more targets?

April 14, 2009

Fo some reason I don’t feel particularly optimistic about this announcement. I foresee more targets and more form-filling.

The Department of Health (DoH) has outlined a new strategy for helping people who suffer from, or might face, mental illness during their lifetime.

‘New Horizons’ is the government’s new strategy promoting good mental health and well-being and is set to build on the National Service Framework, which comes to an end at the end in 2009.

A series of events will be held throughout this month in the aim of understanding what people want the new strategy to cover.

Official figures claim around one in four people will suffer from a form of mental illness at some stage in their lives, with one in 100 people suffering from a serious mental illness such as psychosis.

The Department of Health claims the new strategy “heralds a dynamic new approach to whole population mental health”. 

“The focus on prevention and maintaining good mental health is particularly relevant today with people leading more hectic lifestyles and going through the economic downturn,” a statement declared. 

New mental health strategy launched .

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