Norman Lamb (former mental health minister), Andrew Mitchell (Conservative MP), and Alastair Campbell (former Labour spin doctor) have launched this campaign (also backed by over 200 celebrities) to see mental health treated as seriously as other illnesses.

The government increased overall mental health funding to £11.7bn in 2014/15, however Mr Lamb said "people with mental ill health don't get the same right to access treatment on a timely basis that everyone else gets - a historic injustice."
His son was diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder at the age of 15 and Mr Campbell has spoken about his battle with depression.

Inequality in care - the facts

  • The NHS became officially responsible for ensuring the standard of care for the mentally ill was equal to that of physically ill people in 2012. 
  • In the spring, the government pledged an extra £1.25bn largely for children's mental health over the next five years. 
  • It also introduced the first waiting time targets in mental health, guaranteeing treatment within 18 weeks

The campaign says not enough has been done to address a continuing inequality in care standards and funding.

Analysis by Nick Triggle (Health Correspondent for BBC)
In the modern NHS, a hip replacement is a pretty routine operation. More than 50,000 are carried out each year. People normally get a referral from their GP and then go on to a waiting list. The majority go under the knife within a few months and are able to plan and prepare for the surgery to try to avoid too much disruption to their everyday lives. For most, it's a pretty easy experience compared with other operations. But for people with mental health problems, it's a completely different picture. Four in 10 get a hip replacement only after being admitted as an emergency (according to a recent study published by the Nuffield Trust). Consider that for a moment: their health - and presumably pain - has deteriorated so much that they are rushed in and operated on immediately.
source bbc 09.11.15