need a cabinet
minister for mental health, urges former Labour adviser
March 8, 2012
by Angela Hussain
A mental health
minister should be appointed to the government’s cabinet,
an influential economist, former government adviser and Labour peer
Layard says mental health is a "sixth pillar" of the welfare
state and is overlooked by policy makers.
He said that this will not change without a radical change reflecting
the importance of mental health.
a separate cabinet minister for mental health and social care within
the Department of Health,” he told an audience on Tuesday
at the London School of Economics.
says mental health problems are the largest single cause of disability
and illness in England accounting for 40% of all physical and mental
disability, and taking up a third of all GP’s time. Around
15% of NHS expenditure is on treatment for mental ill health.
Layard is credited
for the thinking behind the Improving
Access to Psychological Therapies programme for treating anxious
and depressed people in the UK, as well as government attempts to
individual and nation wellbeing, in the same way as it does
the Britain’s economical Gross Domestic Product.
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