Mental Illness And Mental Health

2590 Words Dec 16th, 2014 11 Pages
On Wednesday 8th October, Nick Clegg Deputy Prime minister will fund an addition £120m for mental health. This allocation for mental health, shall go improving mental health care. There shall be an introduction of standard waiting times to receive mental health. Also there is a target for mental illnesses to be given the same care and consideration as those with physical illnesses. Also there will be funding of £30m to go into improving how mental health patients are dealt with, when they attend A&E. This is an important issue to focus on because almost half of UK has had some form of mental illness (). For the purpose of this background report, I shall focus on how the government has funded and dealt with mental illness. Considering that mental illness is an important issue, I would like to explore the state of mental health care, especially during the coalition period from 2011.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines Mental Health as

“Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”
(World Health Organisation, 2014)

Having stable mental health is paramount in order to be able to cope with normal day-to-day life and be able to give productive input into one’s environment. However, when one has poor mental health, this can have an adverse effect on…

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