Mental Health Services: Police

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Tatton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that retired police personnel with mental illnesses receive adequate treatment.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government is committed to ensuring that everyone, including retired police personnel, receives appropriate, timely, evidence-based mental health support according to need.

Under the NHS Long Term Plan, there will be a comprehensive expansion of mental health services, with an additional £2.3 billion a year in real terms by 2023/24. This will give 380,000 more adults access to psychological therapies.

The Plan also aims to ensure that anyone experiencing mental health crisis can call NHS 111 and have 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to the mental health support they need in the community. This will include post-crisis support for staff who are likely to have experienced extreme trauma.

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