Position statement on sustainability in mental health care

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Resource Description: 

On 27th October 2015, nine leading organisations in mental health pledged their commitment to a statement on the future of mental health care. The statement was launched alongside the Guidance for Commissioners of Financially, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Mental Health Services at the Mental Health Sustainability Summit 2015. 


Sustainability in mental health care will deliver better outcomes for patients now and in the future, in the face of environmental, economic and social constraints

As leading organisations in mental health we will strive to improve the sustainability of mental health care, by designing and delivering services that…

  1. Prioritise prevention. We will seek to prevent poor mental health and thereby reduce the need for health care in the future.
  2. Empower individuals and communities. If people become unwell, we will promote opportunities for self-management and independent living and will support community projects, social networks and employment, all of which improve mental health resilience.
  3. Improve value. If people need services, we will seek to offer interventions that provide the maximum patient benefit for the least economic and environmental cost by delivering the right intervention, at the right time, to the right person. 
  4. Consider carbon. We will work together to understand the carbon impacts of interventions and models of care within mental health. This knowledge will become increasingly important in the design of carbon efficient services.

Signed by:
The Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing, National Survivor User Network for Mental Health, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Centre for Mental Health, Healthcare Financial Management Association and the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network.

Download the position statement on colour postcard below:

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Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Royal College of Psychiatrists

Publication date: 

October, 2015

Resource type: 

  • communications tool


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