NEWS Substance use has a higher profile in the new government strategy for mental health Liz Hughes Reader in Mental Health/Substance Use Research, Faculty of Health and Life Science, Coventry University and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK The 10-year national strategy for mental health, initiatives with a focus on a healthier working A National Service Framework for Mental Health environment (managing stress and bullying, for (Department of Health, 1999), came to an end in example) and in assisting those with mental health 2009 and has been replaced by New Horizons: a problems back into employment and supporting shared vision for mental health (Department of them to maintain this. Health, 2009). This was officially launched on 7 In terms of people with mental health and December 2009 after a consultation period. New substance use problems there is a section in New Horizons is a comprehensive initiative, with cross- Horizons specifically on ‘dual diagnosis’, and we government department commitments to ensure welcome this. Drug and alcohol issues are also raised that mental health is ‘everyone’s business’, not just in a number of other sections, covering mentally a health issue.
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Published: Feb 23, 2010