Progress on the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: On the road to parity
In 2018, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Mental Health published its report into the delivery of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FyFV-MH). The FyFV-MH was published in 2016 and is the Government's five-year strategy to transform mental health services by 2020/21.
This report was the result of the APPG's inquiry into the delivery of the Government's strategy. It asked what has gone well, what still required improvement and outlined what the focus beyond 2020/21 should be.
The FyFV-MH made 58 recommendations ranging from improving access to mental health services to the interaction between mental illness and justice and ensuring the right protection for specialist supported housing.
It was a step in the right direction but it did not cover everything. Core mental health services for adults severely affected by mental illness, mental health treatment for older people and early years support for children under five were notable exclusions.
During this inquiry the APPG heard inspiring stories of success where new services have changed people’s lives for the better, particularly in perinatal, improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) and early intervention in psychosis.
All these areas have benefited from a significant boost in funding, proving that well-targeted investment works. All those involved should feel proud of the lives changed by improved services. But clearly there is still much more to do. Click the link below to download the report.