Challenges lie ahead if GPs are to meet mental health objectives

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d679
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

Doctors will need to rethink their attitudes towards mental health if the government’s ambitious objectives for its mental health strategy are to be met, delegates to a conference on the future direction of services were told on 27 January.

These objectives include the intention to make a major dent in the estimated annual £105bn (€123bn; $168bn) that mental illness currently costs in England.

Hugh Griffiths, acting national director for mental health at the Department of Health for England, said that one of the six key objectives of the new strategy, which places great emphasis on recovery, is to lessen the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental illness. “That’s not just the public but within our own professions,” he pointed out.

Clinicians have also failed …

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