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

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  • Last week the Devon and Cornwall police force raised the issue of the lack of health based places of safety for young people, following the two day detention of a 16 year old girl with mental health issues. It has been a growing concern that, within local authorities, there are not enough suitable places of safety for people with mental health problems and this is resulting in added pressure on police cells. 

  • Last Wednesday MHPF attended the launch of the BACP’s report looking at the challenges to accessing NHS psychological therapy and making recommendations on the changes needed to ensure parity for mental health.

    The report follows a consultation process which BACP have been running since April this year, to bring together wide ranging views from mental health service providers, research bodies, practitioners, the voluntary sector and service users. 

  • The Deputy Prime Minister announced last week that he will establish and chair a new Mental Health Taskforce.

  • MHPF are supporting The Mental Health Challenge, a movement to help local councillors lead the way in improving mental health service provision in their area. 

    The group of national charities is looking to support councils and offer extensive advice in all aspects of mental health and service provision, to increase understanding and awareness of the issues. Any local authority in England can take the challenge and appoint a member champion from their council.

    Andy Bell, from Centre for Mental Health, says: