Clegg pledges mental health cash

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has called mental health issues a

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has called mental health issues a "sort of Cinderella"

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The UK should be leading the way in understanding and treating mental illness, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

The Liberal Democrat leader called mental health issues a "sort of Cinderella", adding: "I want people who are dealing with depression to be as effectively treated as if they had diabetes."

He made the comments as his party pledged to establish a £50 million a year research fund to help bridge the gap between physical and mental health treatment under manifesto plans announced today.

Mr Clegg went on: "I want to see Britain become the world leader in the next breakthrough in mental health research just as we have always been a country that is a world leader in research into physical health.

"We're the country where penicillin was invented, where DNA was discovered, where IVF fertility treatment was developed, I see no reason why we can't lead the world in mental health research and treatments as well.

"To that end, the Liberal Democrats will commit in our manifesto to a new research fund which, by the end of next Parliament, will be worth £50 million per year."

The fund would be set up with the aim of supporting cutting edge research to further understanding of the causes of mental illness and the most effective treatments.

All research would be published in an open access format and made freely available so that the public and health and care communities could benefit from the most up-to-date peer-reviewed studies.

According to the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network, o ne in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, yet only a quarter suffering from a common mental disorder get treatment, mostly in the form of medication.

In addition, more than two million people with a mental health condition are out of work and mental health conditions are the primary reason for claiming health related benefits.

Just four in 10 employers say they would hire someone with a mental health condition compared to six in 10 for a physical health condition.

In 2010, the Mental Health Foundation and the Institute for Psychiatry estimated that around £74 million is currently spent annually on mental health research.

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10:15pm Thu 7 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Clegg I remember the promise you made about "No tuition fees" and we know that you went back on that immediately you got into part power - you would sell your own grandmother to become PM, so don't expect the electorate to ever vote for you or any of your untrustworthy minions ever again.

You are a liar Clegg and totally untrustworthy.
Clegg I remember the promise you made about "No tuition fees" and we know that you went back on that immediately you got into part power - you would sell your own grandmother to become PM, so don't expect the electorate to ever vote for you or any of your untrustworthy minions ever again. You are a liar Clegg and totally untrustworthy. getThisCoalitionOut
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11:48pm Thu 7 Aug 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Mental Heath AKA the new bad back
Mental Heath AKA the new bad back 2 for 5p ridesagain
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8:33am Fri 8 Aug 14

Counterview says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Mental Heath AKA the new bad back
A totally crass and ignorant comment. Have you any idea whatsoever of how devastating mental health issues can be?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Mental Heath AKA the new bad back[/p][/quote]A totally crass and ignorant comment. Have you any idea whatsoever of how devastating mental health issues can be? Counterview
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7:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Jonn says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Mental Heath AKA the new bad back
@rsehole.
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Mental Heath AKA the new bad back[/p][/quote]@rsehole. Jonn
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7:56pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Jonn wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Mental Heath AKA the new bad back
@rsehole.
That's clearly what you are talking out of!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Mental Heath AKA the new bad back[/p][/quote]@rsehole.[/p][/quote]That's clearly what you are talking out of!!!! Counterview
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7:59pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Counterview wrote:
Jonn wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Mental Heath AKA the new bad back
@rsehole.
That's clearly what you are talking out of!!!!
Sorry John. I thought that was 2 for 5p at it again. Perhaps he's disappeared up it.
[quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Mental Heath AKA the new bad back[/p][/quote]@rsehole.[/p][/quote]That's clearly what you are talking out of!!!![/p][/quote]Sorry John. I thought that was 2 for 5p at it again. Perhaps he's disappeared up it. Counterview
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7:05am Sat 9 Aug 14

Jonn says...

Counterview wrote:
Counterview wrote:
Jonn wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
Mental Heath AKA the new bad back
@rsehole.
That's clearly what you are talking out of!!!!
Sorry John. I thought that was 2 for 5p at it again. Perhaps he's disappeared up it.
That's ok :)
[quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: Mental Heath AKA the new bad back[/p][/quote]@rsehole.[/p][/quote]That's clearly what you are talking out of!!!![/p][/quote]Sorry John. I thought that was 2 for 5p at it again. Perhaps he's disappeared up it.[/p][/quote]That's ok :) Jonn
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