When the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health was published last year, it signalled that a step change was needed to prevent mental health problems. A quarter of all responses to the consultation highlighted the importance of prevention alongside improving care and treatment services.
For the first time, agencies have come together to make prevention a priority for mental health.
The key to treating mental health problems is to get them when they are still relatively simple to treat. Get to depression before young people start to self-medicate and create more complicated mental health issues later in life, or get to abused children while they are still children and before they’ve developed self-protecting, but unhealthy, behaviors over the course of decades.
Early recognition of issues, and assistance with those, is the key to prevention of further mental health problems. I’m glad to see the U.K. recognizing that.