Adults

Mental health problems are widespread, at times disabling, yet often hidden. One in four adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any given year. People in all walks of life can be affected and at any point in their lives. Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK.

The NHS is placing more national focus than ever before on mental health. NHS England aims to deliver a transformation in mental health services by 2020/21, with an ambition of putting mental health on an equal footing to physical health in the NHS.

NHS England is developing major programmes which aim to develop and implement new effective services for adults in line with the recommendations of the Five Year Forward View For Mental Health.

Our key commitments include: