The King's Fund today welcomed the Citizens Advice Bureau report, Out of the Picture, which provides comprehensive evidence of how people with mental health problems are excluded from society.
Simon Lawton-Smith, mental health adviser at The King's Fund, said:
'This report should be required reading for all government ministers and civil servants responsible for health, housing, employment, benefits and financial services. It paints a vivid picture of thousands of people with mental health problems struggling to overcome stigma and discrimination in their everyday lives.
'The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) is shortly to produce its own report on social exclusion and mental health. This could potentially be a real turning point. But it will need to commit a range of government departments to action within set timescales. More words are no longer good enough. If the ODPM report fails to deliver real changes it will have failed thousands of vulnerable people.'
Notes to editors:
1. The King's Fund is an independent charitable foundation working for better health, especially in London. We carry out research, policy analysis and development activities, working on our own, in partnerships, and through grants. We are a major resource to people working in health, offering leadership and education courses; seminars and workshops; publications; information and library services; and conference and meeting facilities.
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