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What to Expect from the Labour Government in Terms of Mental Health: Insights from Oxfordshire Mind

With the recent victory of the Labour Party in the general election, it is crucial to examine what their policies mean for mental health services. Oxfordshire Mind is dedicated to promoting good mental health through high-quality services and campaigning for positive change. Here’s a look at what Oxfordshire Mind advocates for and how it aligns with Labour’s promises.

Oxfordshire Mind’s Manifesto

1. Commitment to Mental Health Funding

Oxfordshire Mind calls for substantial and sustained investment in mental health services. This funding is critical to ensure that mental health services can meet the growing demand and provide high-quality support to those in need.

2. Accessible and Integrated Mental Health Services

Promoting local, easily accessible, and integrated mental health care is essential. Services should be within reach for everyone, ensuring that individuals receive the support they need in their communities.

3. Preventative Mental Health Measures

Early intervention and preventative care programmes are vital to address mental health issues before they become more severe. Oxfordshire Mind emphasises the importance of these measures to reduce long-term impacts on individuals and society.

4. Addressing Health Inequalities

Everyone is entitled to good mental health support. Oxfordshire Mind challenges approaches that fail to address health inequalities, advocating for equitable access to mental health services for all.

5. Reducing Stigma and Raising Awareness

Promoting mental health awareness and reducing stigma through education and public campaigns is crucial. By increasing understanding and acceptance, we can create a more supportive environment for those experiencing mental health challenges.

6. Policy Advocacy and Collaboration

Ongoing engagement with mental health organisations is necessary to inform policy. Collaboration ensures that policies are grounded in real-world needs and experiences.

7. Staying Well at Times of Change

Major changes can be both exciting and unsettling. It is important to stay grounded and support individuals through these transitions to maintain mental well-being.

Labour’s Mental Health Policies

Improved Early Access to Services

Labour promises to introduce mental health hubs and check-ins at key points in individuals’ lives. This approach aligns with Oxfordshire Mind’s call for accessible and integrated services.

Extended Youth Services

Labour aims to extend youth mental health services up to age 25 to avoid the drop-off experienced by young people transitioning to adult services. This policy supports continuity of care, which is essential for young adults.

Free Prescriptions for Chronic Mental Health Illness

Labour’s commitment to providing free prescriptions for those with chronic mental health issues can alleviate financial burdens and ensure continuous access to necessary medications.

Better Access to Talking Therapy

Improving access to talking therapy services is another key promise. Therapy can be a crucial element in managing mental health, and increased availability can help more people benefit from it.

Transforming Perinatal Care

Labour plans to transform perinatal care for new mothers and those who have miscarried. Specialised support during these times can significantly impact maternal mental health.

Modernising the Mental Health Act

Labour promises to modernise the Mental Health Act, providing individuals with better choices regarding their treatment. This modernisation is expected to empower patients and improve their experiences with mental health services.

Statutory Duty of Care in Higher Education

Labour proposes giving higher education establishments a statutory duty of care for students’ mental health. This policy aims to ensure that universities and colleges are proactive in supporting their students.

Qualified Mental Health Professionals in Schools

Placing qualified mental health professionals in every primary and secondary school can help identify and address mental health issues early in life, fostering a healthier generation.


With Labour now in government, Oxfordshire Mind emphasises the need for substantial investment, accessibility, integration, and prevention in mental health services. These priorities align closely with Labour’s broader goals, placing additional focus on challenging health inequalities and reducing stigma through public campaigns and education.

The importance of these policies cannot be overstated. Mental health issues affect one in four people annually in the UK, making it crucial for the government to prioritise mental health in their agenda. Substantial and sustained investment in mental health services is essential to meet the growing demand and provide adequate support for those in need.

Oxfordshire Mind will be closely monitoring Labour’s promises and their implementation. We will continue to campaign on behalf of our community to ensure that the needs of those experiencing mental health challenges are met. Change will not happen overnight, but it must be prioritised. By aligning their actions with public sentiment and focusing on evidence-based policies, political leaders can make a real difference in addressing the mental health crisis, thereby improving the community’s overall well-being.

We encourage everyone to stay informed about Labour’s ongoing initiatives and consider how they align with the comprehensive needs of mental health services. The focus on preventative measures and broader societal factors affecting mental health is a positive step, and it is essential to monitor how these policies are implemented as part of the bigger picture.