The Independent Mental Health Service Alliance welcomes the new report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health. This highlighted concern that many people with mental health problems do not have access to the support they need to make informed choices about their care.

IMHSA Chair Alison Rose-Quirie said: “IMHSA welcomes the conclusions of this important report. It is vitally important not only that mental health services are well funded, but that professionals involve patients in decisions about their care.

“We call on all stakeholders to take note of the APPGs recommendations, so that we are all working together in the best way possible to support people with mental health problems. This will help ensure the provision of high quality, integrated services and make it as easy as possible for people in need of support to get it.”

„Making it Work for Mental Health outlines four areas for stakeholders to focus their efforts to improve mental health under the reforms in the Health and Social Care Act: commissioning; local decision making; integrated care pathways and personalisation; and patient choice.

This follows a report from the London School of Economics last month highlighting how mental health is losing out to physical health in funding.

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Notes to Editors:

1. For more information, please contact Gemma Stockwood on 07835770312 or 020 7227 1640.

2. About IMHSA: IMHSA is a leading group of independent service providers dedicated to the delivery of improved outcomes for people with mental health problems. The members are The Ansel Group, Care UK; Cygnet Health; Huntercombe Group, Mental Health Care UK, Partnerships in Care, St Andrew's Healthcare and The Retreat at York. Collectively we run more than 600 settings across the country, delivering a wide range of high-quality services to adults with mental health problems.