Whole in One: Achieving equality of status, access and resources for people with depression

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Julia Manning, Jon Paxman, Barbara Arzymanow

This report focuses on depression in adults, with particular emphasis on access to NHS services and treatment, the funding of services, depression in the workplace, and the role of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

“Following the All-Party report on ‘Parity in progress’ last week, I welcome 20/20health’s ‘Whole in One’ report which highlights ways to legally embed parity of esteem for people with depression. I am passionate about improving prevention and services for people with mental illnesses and know that we need radical improvements to ensure people get the help, support and treatment that they need, when they need it.”

The Rt. Hon. Norman Lamb, Minister for Health

Key recommendations from the report include:

  • NICE to ensure legally-binding recommendations become standard for mental illness treatments to achieve parity with treatments for physical illness.
  • Healthcare bodies to have a legal requirement to fund a range of services to meet local population mental health needs.
  • Promote employer’s obligations under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act to support mental wellbeing in the workplace.

This 20/20health report was funded by an educational grant from Lundbeck, within the guidance of the ABPI code of practice.


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