2. What action will they take on mental health?

Choose a political party to see their pledges

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Conservative pledges:

Better access to mental health support during and after pregnancy

  • Ensure that women have access to mental health support during and after pregnancy.
  • Ensure that psychological therapists are available in every part of the country.
  • Increase funding for mental health care.
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Labour pledges:

Improved access to mental health services, particularly for children

  • Increase the proportion of the mental health budget spent on children.
  • Introduce a new right to psychological therapies in the NHS Constitution.
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Liberal Democrat pledges:

An extra £500 million for mental health care

  • Provide an extra £500 million a year for mental health services to improve access and reduce waiting times.
  • Increase access to talking therapies to hundreds of thousands more people, with a long-term goal of everyone who can benefit being treated.
  • Specific proposals to improve mental health services for children, pregnant women and new mothers.
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Green pledges:

Ensure that everyone who needs a mental health bed can access one in the local NHS

  • Ensure that everyone who needs a mental health bed can access one in the local NHS, or within a reasonable distance of their home if specialist care is required.
  • Eliminate the use of police cells as ‘places of safety’ for children by 2016, and for adults, except in exceptional circumstances, by the end of the next parliament.
  • Ensure that spending on mental health increases.
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UKIP pledges:

Increase mental health funding by £170 million a year

  • Increase mental health funding by £170 million a year.
  • End the postcode lottery for psychiatric liaison services in acute hospitals and A&E departments.
  • Offer access to specialist mental health treatment to pregnant women and new mothers.