MHPF continues to be the leading voice representing voluntary sector mental health service providers across England.

News & features

  • More mental health services for children and young people will be available thanks to £1.25bn funding which will be spent over the next five years.

  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health published a report yesterday outlining how the Government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health has improved mental health care.

    The inquiry which informed the report found that more needed to be done, with the gaps between mental and physical health care being evident through the premature mortality for people with mental health problems, the shortage of high quality mental health crisis care and the failure to prioritise prevention in public health strategies. 

  • The Gearing Up development programme run by NHS England has signed up a second round of local voluntary support organisations from across the country. 

    The programme is set up to improve knowledge and understanding of how organisations can support people who are eligible to access personal health budgets. It will ensure that organisations can help people prepare for what to expect from the NHS and equip them with the information to get one. 

  • From a service user perspective, there is great potential for the use of direct payments and personal health budgets to improve their care and allow them more choice and control about how they receive it. This was the message from a speaker at yesterday’s event, but it was also accompanied by a number of challenges.