Government moves to end stigma of mental illnessBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7454.1456 (Published 17 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1456
- Mark Gould
The government's Social Exclusion Unit (SEU) has announced far-reaching proposals which it hopes will end the stigma and discrimination attached to mental illness and encourage people back into meaningful lives.
This week the unit launched its report, Mental Health and Social Exclusion, which calls for health services to focus on the social as well as medical needs of hundreds of thousands of people excluded from wider society by mental illness.
Around 900 000 people a year claim sickness and disability benefits for mental health conditions with particularly high rates in the north of England. According to the report, mental illness costs the NHS £77bn ($140bn, €116bn) a …