Mental health equality call gets high profile backing

A campaign calling for an increase in funding for mental health services in England has been launched. There are over 200 celebrities who have backed the push for mental health to be treated as seriously as other illnesses.

The campaign was launched by former mental health minister Norman Lamb, Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell and former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell. Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson are among the more high profile signatures. 

Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, said treatment has made "great strides" but more could be done to improve the services. 

Overall, the government increased mental health funding to £11.7bn in 2014/15. 

But Mr Lamb said people with mental ill health "don't get the same right to access treatment on a timely basis that everyone else gets". He called it a "historic injustice.

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