A second pandemic

Improving mental health services for every generation

By Pushkin Defyer, October 11th 2021. Centre Think Tank ISSN 2634-4696

A runner going down a road towards a mountain range. Above this is a blue sky with the sun in the corner. The paper says "A second pandemic: Improving mental health services for every generation. Briefing paper. By Pushkin Defyer, October 11th 2021. Centre Think Tank ISSN 2634-4696".

This paper provides a new plan to protect and improve mental health within the UK. It does this by finding solutions for people at every stage of life tailored to their needs in early, middle and old age. It concludes that:

  • We want a mental health system everyone can fall back on. That’s why we support an NHS umbrella, a single NHS IT system or compatible IT systems, legalised drugs for medical uses, and an NHS watchdog.
  • We believe mental health support should be easily accessible within the education system. This would be achieved by integrating CAMHS into the education system, reforming Ofsted, flexible lessons with online learning, specialised mental health GPs for young people and fewer exams.
  • Supporting mental health needs to be at the heart of the workplace. This includes referral units for businesses, workers on company boards and collective bargaining with a say over mental health, an anonymous complaints system for workplaces, flexible working, giving workers the right not to answer work related contact from their employer out of hours and a Guaranteed Minimum Income.
  • To support our seniors, we support better social care and creating more community spaces. This would include creating new or expanding existing community hubs, a Guaranteed Minimum Income top-up for pensioners, free social care, a long-term social care fund and intergenerational care.