Our vision for mental health stated:
The importance of emotional well being will be better understood by the public so the artificial barrier between physical and mental health will be removed and the stigma attached to mental illness significantly reduced.
We will support the early identification of mental health problems and preventative measures. Services will be easy to access with the early stages of care open to self-referral. Most care will be delivered in community settings by an inter-agency partnership including health services, social care and the voluntary and independent sectors.
A stepped approach will be followed, with interventions at different levels available to the service user, starting with less intensive interventions. There will be clear monitoring of the person allowing treatment to be ‘stepped up’ or ‘stepped down’ as appropriate.