We need to promote the importance of good mental health

Transforming mental health care

There is a need to improve access to early intervention services and ensure that people complete treatment to prevent escalation of need. We need to promote the importance of good mental health to our citizens and empower people to take more control over their health needs, as set out in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health which makes an unarguable case for transforming mental health care and sets out national priorities.

Health inequalities across Surrey Heartlands result in higher pockets of mental health need within a number of our boroughs. Service provision can be patchy and vary according to differing commissioning intentions, clinical views and historical service infrastructure. People who use services, carers and professionals report “gaps” in the current system:

  • No managed system and too many “wrong doors”
  • System not working together effectively to plan and deliver services across all sectors and providers
  • Barriers to change in a complex system
  • Lack of integration of mental and physical health care

Our vision is, in part, to introduce a holistic, citizen-led approach to promoting health, wellbeing and resilience by connecting mind and body, families and communities. Good mental health prioritised by everyone and harnessing the collective power of health, local government, social care, the community and citizens to design, extend and transform service models.