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The Five Year Forward View Mental Health Taskforce: public engagement findings

A report from the independent Mental Health Taskforce to the NHS in England

In March 2015 NHS England launched a Taskforce to develop a five-year strategy to improve mental health outcomes across the NHS, for people of all ages. Essentially, this will be a 'Mental Health Five Year Forward View' which clearly sets out how national bodies will work together between now and 2021 to help people have good mental health and make sure they can access evidence-based treatment rapidly when they need it. Collectively, we have a chance in a generation to deliver change that is achievable, urgent and necessary. This is an important opportunity to improve experiences and outcomes for people of all ages.

Our approach is one of co-production – involving people with lived experience of mental health problems, carers, professionals, providers, voluntary organisations and the component parts of the NHS – who are all part of the Taskforce. Our first step has been to find out what people want to see change, and this interim report reflects what they have shared and sets out what will happen next. Over the past few months we have been reviewing the rich existing evidence-base and recent strategies, and directly engaging with people with lived experience, organisations and professionals to establish their priorities for change. We are positively overwhelmed by the passion, enthusiasm and vibrancy of the movement of people ready and willing to transform mental health outcomes right across the NHS.