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Mental Health Report Lacks Research Specifics

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Take a look at this article by Anna McKie posted on Research Professional.

Senior academics have criticised the government’s stance on mental health research, saying they are disappointed at the lack of concrete recommendations for improving the condition of research on mental health in England.

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, published on 15 February by the government’s Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England, made a series of recommendations for improving mental health services, which it said were in a poor state. In particular, the taskforce admitted that research in the area is under-funded—receiving less than 5.5 per cent of all health research funding. The report said that for every £115 million spent on mental health, £970m is spent on research on physical health.

As well as identifying research areas to address—such as prevention in young people—the document said that the UK should create “a coordinated plan for strengthening and developing the research pipeline”. The Department of Health should start planning a 10-year strategy on mental health research in 2017, it said.

Although academics have welcomed the renewed government focus on mental health, they say that the research chapter of the report needs to be more detailed in order to effect real change.

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