The BPC has written a letter to the Guardian newspaper on the urgent need for parity of esteem to become a reality this Parliament:
'While mental health has undoubtedly risen up the political agenda in recent years, there is still far to go until provision of treatment for those experiencing mental ill health matches provision of treatment for those with physical illnesses. Across the mental health sector, there is increasing cynicism that politicians are rather too keen to lament the stigma facing mental health and how far there is still to go, without, for example, ring-fencing mental health budgets. It is easy to talk about what needs to be done; but the time for action – and above all committing financial resources - is now.
We know that 1 in 6 adults experience a mental health problem in any given week. We also know that 10% of 5 – 16 year olds have a mental health problem. Yet over 70% of adults needing psychological therapy are not able to access it and children and young people now sometimes have to experience increasingly severe levels of illness if they are to receive help. This is unacceptable and our politicians need to work together to fix this national crisis. This Parliament could see parity of esteem between mental and physical health finally become a reality. It is long overdue.'